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NYC's new police boss successfully handles first big test

Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — It took James O'Neill more than three decades as a cop to ascend to the top of the nation's largest police department, but only a little more than day to get his first real test.

O'Neill's first full day as New York City's police commissioner ended with him racing to the scene of an explosion Saturday in the Manhattan's bustling Chelsea neighborhood that injured 29 people. He immediately took charge of the investigation, offering the nation its first, up-close look at his no-nonsense, just-the-facts management style.

Top cop retires, ending tough-on-crime era in NYC. What's next?

BRIDGING THE DIVIDE: Commissioner Bratton steps down after four decades of reducing crime in New York, Boston, and Los Angeles. But in the wake of protests and shootings, many police departments are now working on rebuilding trust with their communities.
Christian Science Monitor
NEW YORK — On Friday, New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton will step down after a 45-year career that made him perhaps the most influential police officer of the past half century.
He oversaw a breathtaking reduction in crime in New York and ushered in safer streets in Boston and Los Angeles. He championed techniques that in many ways revolutionized American policing. Yet, there is a sense today that his towering reputation should come with an asterisk.

The outgoing chief of the largest US police force took a final shot at police reform advocates

Business Insider

New York City police commissioner Bill Bratton stepped down from his post on Friday, and gave a parting snub to his critics in a New York Times op-ed.

"There are police reformers from outside the profession who think that changing police culture is a matter of passing regulations, establishing oversight bodies and more or less legislating a new order. It is not," Bratton wrote.

James O’Neill, incoming NYPD commissioner, has expert opinions split


Incoming NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill is inheriting historically low crime numbers.

But he’s also facing years of bumpy relations with the community, controversy over the department’s use of broken windows-style policing and the waning aftermath of a federal corruption investigation.

As an officer who came up through the ranks, heralded as the “architect” of the latest iteration of community policing, many say Jimmy — no one calls him James — is uniquely qualified for the job.

City officials and activists file briefs for release of Pantaleo misconduct record

Amsterdam News

At a news conference held at City Hall Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016, activists announced that city officials, along with Eric Garner’s mother, Gwen Carr, and community organizations filed a legal action supporting the release of a summary misconduct record of NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo, the officer who held Eric Garner in a fatal and prohibited chokehold in July 2014.

Pols, activists join legal battle over revealing any actions against cop who choked Eric Garner

New York Daily News

Pull back the curtain!

So says a group of elected officials and activist groups that will file briefs Tuesday in support of a two-year legal battle to get the city to release the disciplinary records of the cop who fatally choked Eric Garner back in 2014, organizers said.

The effort is being mounted by Garner's mother Gwen Carr, members of the City Council, Public Advocate Letitia James and Communities United for Police Reform, a nonprofit dedicated to greater police accountability.

Controversial NYPD Reform Bill Blocked by Speaker Now Has Veto-Proof Majority Support


hotly contested measure that would obligate cops give their name, rank and command during most routine stops now has enough backers it could theoretically override a veto by Mayor Bill de Blasio—if his ally Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito would ever let it get a vote on the City Council floor.