The president of Brown University has announced the establishment of a committee to investigate what happened on October 29, when NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly faced protest at a speaking event. The university may even choose to hold certain individuals or organization responsible for violating the “Code of Student Conduct.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday November 6, 2013 8:15 pm|
|By: Leonard Levitt Sunday September 1, 2013 1:59 pm|
Adrian Schoolcraft is the whistleblowing police officer at the center of one of the more bizarre of the NYPD’s ongoing scandals.
Schoolcraft worked in the relatively high-crime 81st precinct in Brooklyn, and he was not a happy camper as a cop. A loner, he began to secretly tape recording precinct roll calls at which commanding officers ordered patrol cops like himself to make it difficult for victims of crimes to make formal complaints. Equally disturbing, cops were also ordered to downgrade felonies — serious crimes — to less serious misdemeanors so that the precinct would appear safer than it actually was.
Schoolcraft’s tape recordings might well have been ignored or forgotten, had not the police department then done something that was indeed shocking.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday August 28, 2013 8:25 am|
Apparently under Ray Kelly’s leadership the New York City Police not only engaged in unacceptable racially biased behavior, but also in unacceptable religiously biased actions. The NYPD had several mosques secretly labelled as terrorist organizations. From the AP (whole thing is worth a read):
|By: BrandonJ Saturday August 24, 2013 11:46 am|
Today, thousands from across the country (and perhaps the globe) will venture in Washington D.C. on the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King´s ¨March on Washington¨ that had 250,000 people in attendance. One might ask themselves, if they are unaware of the significance of this event, why marching still matters. It is indeed a question that is relevant and should be discussed.
|By: Jon Walker Monday August 12, 2013 1:05 pm|
The tone of Attorney General Eric Holder’s speech on drug policy reform was great. Holder’s remarks offered a sharp criticism of many current policies using remarkably strong language. Holder called the status quo “unjust and unsustainable.”
|By: Jon Walker Monday August 12, 2013 8:30 am|
U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled today that New York City’s stop-and-frisk policy violated individuals’ constitutional rights. Judge Scheindlin found the policy to be in violation of both the Fourth Amendment and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday July 23, 2013 9:05 am|
A sure sign New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly is gunning for the Department of Homeland Security job is that he is stepping up efforts to publicly defend his more controversial policies, like stop-and-frisk. He has a new Wall Street Journal Op-ed defending the practice and went on Morning Joe to talk about the issue. While on the show Kelly didn’t deny that he was interested in the DHS job.
|By: Jon Walker Friday July 19, 2013 12:38 pm|
In response to the George Zimmerman verdict, today President Obama delivered remarks on race and racial profiling. In the speech he called on police forces to address the problem of racial profiling.
It is shocking that the same man who delivered this speech just days earlier called New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly one of the best law enforcement professionals there is and is considering appointing him to head the Department of Homeland Security.
|By: Jon Walker Friday July 19, 2013 9:30 am|
In an interview with Univision’s New York affiliate President Obama said he would be like to know if Kelly would be interested in the position because “very well-qualified for the job.”
|By: Jon Walker Monday July 15, 2013 10:35 am|
New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly is on the short list to replace Janet Napolitano now that she is resigning as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. His name is being widely discussed and has the support of one of Obama’s closest Senate allies.