On Wednesday, a federal judge ruled that the sound emitted from the NYPD’s Long Range Acoustic Devices—portable sound cannons that blast noise—could be considered a use of force, contrary to the police department’s claims. The LRAD can blast sound as loudly as 136 decibels. That’s louder than a jackhammer or a jet…
On Thursday, the Center for Constitutional Rights challenged the NYPD’s body camera policies, asking a judge to block the city’s forthcoming pilot program, which is slated to outfit 1,000 officers with body cameras as early as next week. The cameras were supposed to be a step forward for police accountability and…
At a tech conference last September, former NYPD commissioner Bill Simmons said that outfitting the department’s entire patrol unit (roughly 24,000 officers) with body cameras would be almost impossibly expensive, costing up to “hundreds of millions of dollars.” But on Tuesday, the City of New York announced just…
If you notice a bunch of enormous trucks that are filled with sand around New York this weekend, it’s not for a sand castle competition. It’s the first line of defense against a terrorist bomb attack, as the city is on heightened alert for New Year’s Eve.
Since Donald Trump was declared the President-elect early Tuesday morning, cities across the United States have seen daily protests, including Boston, Washington DC, and Portland. But after last night’s New York City protest outside Trump Tower, an eerie but familiar image of an NYPD officer obscuring his identity…
Police in the US run active shooter drills all the time. But yesterday the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the New York Police made sure they’d be ready for anything—by including a fake drone attack against a high school in Brooklyn.
Sometimes not all is as it seems. On the the streets of New York City, that can mean some of the iconic yellow cabs are in fact disguised NYPD cop cars—but how can you spot them?
The New York Police Department has admitted to using controversial cell phone spying systems known as Stingrays—which can be used to track the location and intercept personal communications of nearby cellphone users. In a report from the New York Civil Liberties Union, the NYPD confirmed using the Stingray more than…
An NYPD officer has been arrested for hacking NYPD and FBI databases so he could pose as a lawyer and profit off tricking traffic victims.
Last week, we found out that someone at New York Police Department headquarters was manipulating Wikipedia articles on police violence to make themselves look better. The NYPD has identified two officers behind the police-friendly entries—and is doing shit-all about these on-the-clock edits.
Looks like the long arm of the law is trying to diddle Wikipedia into submission. Members of the NYPD are trying to scrub Wikipedia's entries about police violence.
Today, New York Councilman Daniel Dromm will reportedly introduce legislation that will force the NYPD to stop using typewriters. That's right, the NYPD still has typewriters in all 77 precincts.
Around ten lawsuits were filed against the NYPD every day, according to a new analysis by I Quant NY of a city report that also says most suits were "primarily of allegations of police misconduct, civil rights violations, and injury and/or damage from accidents involving police vehicles."
Following in the grand tradition of that woman who always asks you for money and that guy with the pamphlets about how the Apocalypse cometh, the NYPD is begging for new followers for its L-train-specific Twitter account the only way it knows how: By shoving fliers in the faces of passersby on their way to work.
In the early hours of June 4th, the New York Police Department raided the General Ulysses S. Grant and Manhattanville housing projects in West Harlem. Its biggest gang raid ever, it saw 40 suspects arrested—and it was masterminded by mining over 1 million Facebook posts.
The New York Police Department has announced that its officers are to start carrying antidote kits that will use a drug called naloxone to save the lives of heroin users who suffer overdose.
New Yorkers were shocked on Wednesday morning when reports of a building collapse in Harlem hit the wires. It didn't take long for smartphone cameras to fill up everyone's social media feeds. But wait. In that one… Is that… a drone? (Update: Yep! It's some random guy's DJI Phantom 2.)
According to a report by VentureBeat, The New York City Police Department is currently investigating how useful Google Glass could be in the fight against the city's crime.
Criminals, terrorists and suspicious-looking minorities beware: the New York Police Department is coming after you with the cop car of the future! The NYPD is testing a prototype cruiser with the latest advances in public surveillance, er, public safety.