KOB4: NYC to give greater access to police disciplinary records

KOB4: NYC to give greater access to police disciplinary records. “In his latest push for police reform, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday that the city is launching an online database that will let New Yorkers track disciplinary cases against police officers accused of excessive force and other violations and view their administrative records.”

New York Times: Why Are So Many N.Y.P.D. Officers Refusing to Wear Masks at Protests?

New York Times: Why Are So Many N.Y.P.D. Officers Refusing to Wear Masks at Protests . “Riot helmets, ballistic vests, shields, batons — fully decked-out police officers have become staples in New York City as the protests against racism and police brutality approach their third week. But increasingly, one piece of equipment has attracted attention with its absence: the face mask.”

The Legal Aid Society: Racial Disparities in NYPD’s COVID-19 Policing

The Legal Aid Society: Racial Disparities in NYPD’s COVID-19 Policing. “To better understand the disproportionate impacts of the NYPD’s COVID-19 related enforcement, the Legal Aid Society analyzed social distancing complaints made through 311 between March 28 and May 12, COVID-19 related summonses reported by the NYPD between March 16 and May 5, and internally-tracked COVID-19 related arrests that took place between March 27 and May 2.”

War of words between NYC health commissioner, NYPD erupted over face masks for cops; police unions fuming (New York Daily News)

New York Daily News: War of words between NYC health commissioner, NYPD erupted over face masks for cops; police unions fuming. “An NYPD move to commandeer a half-million hospital-grade masks at the peak of the coronavirus epidemic set off a heated war of words between the city’s health commissioner and the police department’s top cop, sources say. The standoff over the in-demand N-95 masks —headed for the swamped hospital and health care workers overwhelmed by a daily flood of COVID-19 patients — came in mid-March when cops showed up unnannounced at an out-of-state FEMA warehouse and demanded the protective gear.”

New York Times: N.Y.P.D. to Remove DNA Profiles of Non-Criminals From Database

New York Times: N.Y.P.D. to Remove DNA Profiles of Non-Criminals From Database. “For years, New York City has been amassing an immense local database of DNA, collecting samples not just from people convicted of crimes, but from people simply arrested or questioned, including minors. The existence of the database, which has about 82,000 profiles, has drawn fire from civil liberties advocates, who point out it is hard to get a profile erased once it is put in and argue it violates the privacy rights of many innocent people.”

PoliceOne: NYPD to add hate crime statistics to public crime database

PoliceOne: NYPD to add hate crime statistics to public crime database. “In the wake of a pair of anti-Semitic attacks separated by only three weeks in New York and New Jersey, the NYPD announced on Monday that it intends to add hate crimes to its publicly-available crime database — CompStat — for the first time since the stat-tracking site’s inception.”

New York Times: The N.Y.P.D. Has 82,473 People in a DNA Database. Many Have No Idea.

New York Times: The N.Y.P.D. Has 82,473 People in a DNA Database. Many Have No Idea.. “About 31,400 of the DNA profiles in the city’s database came from people who were arrested or merely questioned in connection with a crime, but may not have been convicted, according to the Legal Aid Society, which obtained details about the database through a Freedom of Information Act request. One of those was the 12-year-old whose DNA was collected from a straw he used while talking to the police in March 2018. The felony charge against him was eventually dropped, but his DNA remained in the database for more than a year, his lawyer, Christine Bella, said.”

AM New York: How the NYPD keeps tabs on cops

AM New York: How the NYPD keeps tabs on cops . “The NYPD is expanding an extensive electronic database to keep tabs on its officers, giving the department real time feedback about how cops are performing. Known as RAILS — short for ‘Risk Assessment Information Liability System’ — the system acts as what one police commander called an online personnel file providing commanders with crucial information on officers.”

News12 Brooklyn: NYPD turns to social media to solve ‘most wanted’ cases

News12 Brooklyn: NYPD turns to social media to solve ‘most wanted’ cases. “Patrol Borough Brooklyn North officers shoot interviews with lead detectives, gather video and pictures of suspects and post it to their social media pages. They do it all in the goal of tracking down Brooklyn’s most wanted criminals.” This is a video of a news story, but there is a brief article to go with it.

EXCLUSIVE: NYPD is testing virtual reality training drills for real-life scenarios like active shooters (ABC 7 NY)

ABC 7 NY: EXCLUSIVE: NYPD is testing virtual reality training drills for real-life scenarios like active shooters. “Imagine the possibilities if the NYPD could conduct active shooter training drills at the World Trade Center? Now because of virtual reality they can. “

New York Post: New database allows New Yorkers to view lawsuits filed against NYPD

New York Post: New database allows New Yorkers to view lawsuits filed against NYPD. “A newly released database allows New Yorkers to peruse thousands of lawsuits filed against the NYPD — allowing them to track how much taxpayer money has been spent to settle cases against cops in their local precincts since 2015.”

Techdirt: NYPD Sends Letter To Google Demanding It Remove Cop Checkpoint Notifications From Google Maps

Techdirt: NYPD Sends Letter To Google Demanding It Remove Cop Checkpoint Notifications From Google Maps. “A few years after law enforcement officials claimed Google’s Waze navigation app allowed cop killers to stalk cops, the NYPD is demanding Google alter one of its apps (Google Maps, which incorporates certain Waze features) so it works more like the NYPD wants it to work, rather than how drivers want it to work. Gersh Kuntzman of Streetsblog NYC was the first to obtain a copy of a cease-and-desist sent to Google by the NYPD.”

The Intercept: NYPD Gang Database Can Turn Unsuspecting New Yorkers Into Instant Felons

The Intercept: NYPD Gang Database Can Turn Unsuspecting New Yorkers Into Instant Felons. “As The Intercept has reported, the NYPD’s gang database was massively expanded in recent years, even as gang-related crime dropped to historic lows. The information on the secretive list is available to prosecutors but not to those named in the database, who often learn that the police have labeled them gang members only if they are arrested and slammed with inexplicably harsh charges or excessive bond. The database has been widely criticized as arbitrary, discriminatory, and over-inclusive — with no clear process in place to discover or challenge one’s alleged gang affiliation. Like [Keith] Shenery, an overwhelming majority of people in the database are young black and Latino men.”

The Intercept: IBM Used NYPD Surveillance Footage To Develop Technology That Lets Police Search By Skin Color

The Intercept: IBM Used NYPD Surveillance Footage To Develop Technology That Lets Police Search By Skin Color. “While facial recognition technology, which measures individual faces at over 16,000 points for fine-grained comparisons with other facial images, has attracted significant legal scrutiny and media attention, this object identification software has largely evaded attention. How exactly this technology came to be developed and which particular features the software was built to catalog have never been revealed publicly by the NYPD. Now, thanks to confidential corporate documents and interviews with many of the technologists involved in developing the software, The Intercept and the Investigative Fund have learned that IBM began developing this object identification technology using secret access to NYPD camera footage.”