The creation of a new counterterrorism unit within the NYPD, which will be armed with “machine guns” and tasked with policing protests as well as guarding the city against any terrorist threat, has drawn heavy criticism from legal groups and police reform advocates.
Police commissioner Bill Bratton announced a new 350-officer strong Strategic Response Group (SRG) on Thursday along with a raft of police reforms including equipping more officers with tasers and body-worn cameras.
Likening non-violent protests against police brutality to terrorist attacks across the ocean isn’t going to win many friends, even when many are inclined to grow tired of the antics of police critics.
He was a well-known face in the movement for the SAFE Act, the state law that made carrying a gun on school property a felony. He was also a familiar presence in the hallways of the city’s Harvey Austin Elementary School, where he worked in the after-school program and mentored students.
No one imagined that on Thursday he would show up at the school in possession of a gun, touching off an hours-long lockdown, search and ultimately his arrest on two felony charges…
He was among local activists who stood with Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes last year lobbying for a law that would make possessing a gun on school property a felony.
If convicted, he could serve up to four years in jail. Don’t hold your breath on that.
It’s not clear who called 911. The cynic in Murdoc wonders if it might not have been someone less than thrilled with Ferguson’s anti-gun drama who saw a chance to nail him.
Many of those opposed to open carry, for instance, call the cops with a “man with gun” report every time they see one, using the system to harass people who aren’t doing anything wrong. Total speculation on Murdoc’s part, but this could have been right out of that playbook.
are organizing a mass boycott of Gov. Cuomo’s new law mandating they register their weapons, daring officials to “come and take it away,” The Post has learned.
Gun-range owners and gun-rights advocates are encouraging hundreds of thousands of owners to defy the law, saying it’d be the largest act of civil disobedience in state history.
“I’ve heard from hundreds of people that they’re prepared to defy the law, and that number will be magnified by the thousands, by the tens of thousands, when the registration deadline comes,” said Brian Olesen, president of the American Shooters Supply, one of the largest gun dealers in the state.
It’s almost like the registration plan won’t work.
In an exclusive story, the New York Post reports that a 31-year-old police officer has been identified as a suspect in the theft of firearms from the locker room at the Ninth Precinct headquarters in the East Village. At least four handguns were taken and allegedly sold on the street, the newspaper said.
A three-year investigation into the police’s habit of fixing traffic and parking tickets in the Bronx ended in the unsealing of indictments on Friday and a stunning display of vitriol by hundreds of off-duty officers, who converged on the courthouse to applaud their accused colleagues and denounce their prosecution.
Hmmm. Cops breaking the law are supported by other cops. There were more than 100 of the off-duty supporters, many of them holding signs reading “Just Following Orders“:
That shit oughta make anyone’s blood a bit chilly.
The unsealed indictments contained more than 1,600 criminal counts, the bulk of them misdemeanors having to do with making tickets disappear as favors for friends, relatives and others with clout. But they also outlined more serious crimes, related both to ticket-fixing and drugs, grand larceny and unrelated corruption. Four of the officers were charged with helping a man get away with assault.
So to summarize: Some cops have been breaking the law for their friends. Other cops are standing with them publicly. At the behest of the union, who supplied them with signs using the same excuse used by concentration camp workers.
Eugene J. O’Donnell, a professor of police studies at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice:
“The Police Department is a very angry work force, and that is something that should concern people, because it translates into hostile interactions with people.”
A New York City third-grader and his father have been arrested after the boy sold a loaded 9mm pistol to a classmate for $3, police said on Friday…
Father-son criminal charges include three counts each of criminal possession of a gun. An additional charge of acting in a manner to injure a minor was filed against Galvin, the legal owner of the pistol.
This is what should be expected in states like New York, where lax firearms regulations and an overabundance of backwoods hillbillies means every household contains a large number of guns.
The NYPD suggests running away from an attacker armed with a gun. That’s excellent advice if the situation allows it. But if escape is not possible, they suggest hiding behind a filing cabinet:
Hiding behind a file cabinet is probably the best “Plan B”
Any port in a storm, and all that, but if hiding behind a filing cabinet and hoping the paperwork is packed tightly enough inside to provide cover in addition to a little concealment, you are basically in a “let’s keep our fingers crossed'” place.
They admit that there may be no other option than to fight the attacker:
Consider using pens, staples, chair legs, anything you can get your hands on, as an improvised weapon
Again, do whatever you have to and use whatever you have at hand. If you’re not in New York, you may actually be prepared to skip the “improvised weapon” step and go directly to the “weapon” step.
Four out of five dentists recommend actual weapons for their patients who attack armed gunmen. The other one is a gun grabber and probably has his own hired security.