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Group.png NYPD  
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AbbreviationNYPD
MottoFidelis ad mortem
(Faithful Unto Death)
Headquarters1 Police Plaza
LeaderNew York City Police Commissioner
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Incumbent: James P. O'Neill
Since 16 September 2016
Staff49,526
Exposed byWill Galison, Adrian Schoolcraft, Sunny Sheu

The New York Police Department, NYPD were criticised for their handling of Occupy Wall St.

Corruption

Cover ups

Letter alleging that the NYPD is "holding this case as an accident with no criminality".

CopBlock headlined the murder of Sunny Sheu "the biggest NYPD scandal in decades"[2]. Multiple violations of SOP do tend to suggest that NYPD officials are implicated in at least the cover up of this murder. The NYPD wrote that is "holding this case as an accident with no criminality", stating that no investigation because a witness who called 911 who "saw him fall". However, after nearly five years of FOIL requests for evidence about witnesses, the NYPD has not produced the name of the purported "witness" - which should be public information if no crime occurred - nor any police report mentioning a witness.[3]

Mark Lombardi's 'suicide'

The NYPD concluded after 2 days, based on flimsy evidence, that Mark Lombardi's death was a suicide.[4]

September 11th

Full article: Rated 4/5 9-11

On September 11th, 2001, the NYPD detained the "dancing Israelis" and 2-3 men with a "truckload of explosives" (the George Washington Bridge plot) but later released them without charge.

Anthony Weiner's emails

On 4th November 2016, Erik Prince, alleged that when the NYPD investigated Anthony Weiner's laptop, they found 650,000 emails. "They found way more stuff than just more information pertaining to the inappropriate sexting the guy was doing” - additionally they "wanted to do a press conference announcing the warrants and the additional arrests they were making" in the Anthony Weiner investigation, but received “huge pushback” from the US Justice Department.[5]

Practices

Public relations

NYPD has been exposed as making many changes to Wikipedia pages to present itself in the best possible light, and gloss over its shortcomings.[6]

Civil Asset Forfeiture

Full article: Civil asset forfeiture

NYPD has draconian civil asset forfeiture rules.[7]

Facial recognition

In 2018 NYPD documents revealed that anyone arrested by NYPD would be subjected to facial recognition searches.[8]

Technologies

The NYPD employs a range of new technologies, including mass surveillance technologies.

X-Ray vans

The NYPD has been using X-Ray vans for mass surveillance (thereby exposing people to carcinogenic radiation) since at least 2012. When asked why, New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said "I will not talk about anything at all about this, it falls into the range of security and counter-terrorism activity that we engage in."[9]



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