Split Decision on NYPD’s X-ray Vans

A state appeals court today ordered the New York City Police Department to release information on the health risks of the unmarked X-ray vans that it uses to covertly detect explosives. '

But the panel overturned a lower court’s ruling that required the department to disclose records on when and where the vans had been used, its policies on van usage, or how much the vans cost, agreeing with the NYPD that concerns over terrorism outweighed the public interest.

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NYPD using Cold War excuse to block information on Muslim spying

For years the NYPD’s record of spying on law-abiding Muslims has been the subject of fierce public debate. Yet the NYPD is still refusing to acknowledge the existence of basic information related to its controversial and well-documented surveillance program.

Yesterday in an ornate courtroom next to Madison Square Park, the First Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court considered two cases in which the NYPD had responded to public records requests by stating it could not “confirm or deny the existence of such documents.”

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NYPD Demands $36,000 “Copying Fee” for Access to Cops’ Body Cam Footage

In April 2015, the New York City television station NY1 filed a open-records request for “unedited video files from the NYPD’s body camera program” captured during five specific weeks in 2014 and 2015. Four months later, the New York City Police Department agreed to review and release the footage—but only after NY1 paid a $36,000 “copying fee.” NY1 appealed the N.Y.P.D.’s decision and, in a letter dated September 16 of last year, was once again denied by the N.Y.P.D.’s deputy commissioner of legal matters.

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Unmarked police vans with X-ray equipment could be health hazards, NYCLU contends

Unmarked police vans equipped with X-ray equipment looking for bombs could be health hazards and the public has a right to know more about them, the New York Civil Liberties Union contends in court papers.

The NYCLU has asked a state appeals court for permission to file a brief in a case where ProPublica, a nonprofit investigative news organization, is battling the NYPD over access to information about the vans. Continue…

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Why the public doesn’t see more NYPD disciplinary records

The New York City Council will consider a pair of bills aimed at identifying and monitoring police officers like the one who tackled retired tennis star James Blake earlier this month.

Councilman Dan Garodnick is introducing a bill to create an Early Intervention System in response to the debate over the NYPD’s ability to police its own. Continue…

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