NYPD Can Use Cold War-era Response for Records Request, Judge Rules

New York’s highest court ruled Thursday that the New York Police Department can decline to acknowledge whether it has records of investigating two Muslim men in response to the individuals’ public-records request. The ruling gives the NYPD a Cold War-era tool to shield information from the public determined to be sensitive, disappointing some lawyers and…


Ramarley Graham’s family sues NYPD over Freedom of Information Act request

The family of Ramarley Graham, an unarmed teen killed by police in the Bronx, said on Wednesday they filed a lawsuit against the NYPD after the department didn’t comply with a Freedom of Information Act request.

The filing came on what would have been Graham’s 24th birthday.

Graham was 18 when he was killed in February 2012 after former police officer Richard Haste chased him into his Bronx apartment and shot him as he tried to flush marijuana down the toilet. Haste said he believed Graham was armed, but no gun was found.


NYPD’s Property and Evidence Tracking System doesn’t keep detailed records of property seized during arrest

The NYPD does not keep detailed data explaining how or where property is seized during arrests, city lawyers say in court documents obtained by the Daily News.

The department’s Property and Evidence Tracking System, or PETS, can’t provide a breakdown of how much money or property — including vehicles — is seized on a precinct-by-precinct basis, city lawyers recently claimed in Manhattan Supreme Court filings.


NYPD might not say if officer in chokehold death is punished

New York City might never tell the public if the police officer at the center of the Eric Garner chokehold death case is disciplined, the mayor and police commissioner indicated this week after reaching a new interpretation of a 40-year-old state civil rights law.

The New York Police Department recently ended a longstanding practice of letting reporters see a rundown of disciplinary actions, saying officials had concluded it violated the law.


How an open data blogger proved the NYPD issued parking tickets in error

Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg once called the New York Police Department “the seventh biggest army in the world”. Whether or not that stat is true, there’s no doubt the NYPD is a large and powerful organisation – and, as current mayor Bill de Blasio learned last year, it does not always take criticism well.