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Challengers Want to Unseat Longtime NY Police Union Leader

by Associated Press
Police Officer.

Fedjake, Flickr 

A slate of challengers is working to unseat longtime New York police union leader Patrick Lynch.

   The group is led by the Brooklyn South trustee at the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association.

   Brian Fusco said Tuesday that union leaders have been "grandstanding" instead of improving officers' "disgraceful and dangerous" work environment.

   Lynch is seeking a fifth term as head of the union, which represents 24,000 officers. He had no immediate comment.

NY Requires Colleges to Report Crimes to Police

by Associated Press

BuLu Chien, Flickr 

New York is requiring colleges and universities to notify police within 24 hours after a violent felony is reported or someone goes missing from university housing.

   The amendment takes effect in January. It strengthens the state law adopted after Suzanne Lyall disappeared from the State University at Albany in 1998 that required schools adopt and implement plans for investigating cases and coordinate with police.

Internal Probe Moving Swiftly in Chokehold Death

by Associated Press, Tom Hays, Colleen Long

Giacomo Barabaro, flickr

The New York Police Department's internal affairs unit is now investigating whether any officers will be disciplined for their roles in the videotaped arrest that ended in the chokehold death of Eric Garner.
The internal probe was on hold pending the outcome of a grand jury's decision on whether Officer Daniel Pantaleo should face criminal charges.

Bratton Names Training Head as First NYPD Deputy

by Associated Press
NYPD squad car.

Andre Gustavo Stumpf, Flickr 

The head of training at the New York Police Department who served two presidents and has a history of working on civil rights was named the NYPD's second in command Wednesday after the chief named to the job abruptly quit.

   Benjamin Tucker, a retired NYPD officer and lawyer, is revamping the department's use of force training and is uniquely qualified for the job of first deputy commissioner, Commissioner William Bratton said. The job entails handling both community and police relations, he said.

Morning Brief: October 20

by Jeff Coltin
Lincoln Center

Lincoln Center, Fabio Sola Penna/flickr

The controversial opera “The Death of Klinghoffer” will open tonight at the Metropolitan Opera after months of protests and threats. The opera is about the 1985 hijacking of a passenger liner and some, including the daughters of deceased real-life subject Leon Klinghoffer—claim it’s anti-semitic. The Post reports that the NYPD—both in uniform and plainclothes—will have a heavy presence at Lincoln Center to keep things running smoothly.

Hate Crimes Up Against Muslim, Jewish New Yorkers

by Associated Press
NYPD officers.

katie chao and ben muessig, Flickr

Suspected hate crimes against Jewish and Muslim people have increased in New York City following unrest overseas this summer, but the attacks are random and not from any organized group, police officials said Wednesday.

   Deputy Chief Michael Osgood, who heads the special victims division, said there's been an increase since July 1, when reports about the unrest in Gaza and the Islamic State group became front-page news.

Morning Brief: September 8

by Jeff Coltin
iPhone 5c

John Karakatsanis/flickr

Consumer tech-giant Apple is all set to launch the latest iPhone on Tuesday in Cupertino, California. Rumor has it they may drop a new “smart watch” as well. But while some techies are going wild following the rumor mill, most people seem to not even be able to tell the difference. Like in 2012 when Jimmy Kimmel Live tested people on the street about the “new” iPhone they were holding.  

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