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April 6, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Police officials faced fallout Wednesday from a street disturbance in an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn, including accusations that their department's highest-ranking uniformed officer flew into a rage and cursed at the crowd. Assemblyman Dov Hikind, a Democrat, said many civilians heard Chief of Department Joseph Esposito yell "[obscenity] the Jews!" and "[obscenity] the community!" while officers struggled to tame an unruly crowd Tuesday night in Borough Park.
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January 16, 2006 | Josh Getlin, Times Staff Writer
It was a great camera angle: As he stood on a Park Avenue median in Midtown Manhattan, Indian filmmaker Rakesh Sharma saw hundreds of cars, mostly taxicabs, rushing out of a tunnel toward Grand Central Station. Sharma was making a documentary about immigrant cab drivers, and he captured the noisy scene for about 30 minutes. Then, as he headed to Times Square for more footage, he was stopped by several New York police officers.
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December 15, 2005 | Josh Getlin, Times Staff Writer
For the second time in eight days, New York mourned a police officer shot to death in the line of duty. Thousands of officers gathered Wednesday in tribute to Daniel Enchautegui, killed early Saturday when he confronted two men in the Bronx during an apparent burglary. As his family members grieved in church, officials spoke of heroism and the city's sorrow. Last week, it was officer Dillon Stewart who was honored and mourned.
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November 12, 2005 | Rocco Parascandola, Newsday
The New York Police Department unveiled a high-tech gizmo in its war on terrorism Friday: machines that look like portable vacuum cleaners but can detect explosives. The $25,000 hand-held device -- and several desktop versions, each $50,000 -- will be used in random searches in the subway system.
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July 18, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Two police officers were critically wounded when a man shot them outside a church where he had been firing at a statue of the Virgin Mary, authorities said. Officers Dominic Romano, 29, and David Harris, 40, had responded to a 911 call after 2 a.m. Sunday. When they got out of their car, the man charged from behind and fired repeatedly, a Police Department spokeswoman said. The officers shot and wounded Kevin Davey, 25, who has a history of psychiatric problems, police said.
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July 15, 2005 | From Associated Press
The New York Police Department unveiled a new high-tech command center Thursday that would provide officers crucial data about crimes and suspects -- including convicts' nicknames and tattoos -- even before police arrived at a crime scene. The $11-million Real Time Crime Center is the first of its kind and "will transform the way we solve crime," Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said.
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March 8, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A mistrial was declared in the manslaughter trial of an undercover New York police officer who allegedly shot an unarmed man in a warehouse hallway. The jury was unable to reach a verdict, Justice Daniel P. FitzGerald said. A spokeswoman for the Manhattan district attorney's office said the case would be retried. Officer Brian Conroy, 25, was on trial in the death of Ousmane Zongo, an art restorer who worked in the building where the shooting occurred.
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March 17, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Two New York patrolmen whose guilty verdict in connection with a 1997 police station attack on Haitian immigrant Abner Louima was later reversed because of insufficient evidence are seeking reinstatement to the police department and back pay. Thomas Bruder and Thomas Wiese have filed a lawsuit in Manhattan Supreme Court..
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March 7, 2004 | John J. Goldman, Times Staff Writer
It is a unique dispute in New York law enforcement, with police unions pitted against one another over the competency of a commander. Last week, more than 70 placard-carrying New York Police Department sergeants took to the streets, demanding that Capt. Sheldon Howard -- who heads a unit patrolling housing projects in Queens -- must go. The Sergeants Benevolent Assn.
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February 18, 2004 | John J. Goldman, Times Staff Writer
A grand jury declined to indict a veteran police officer on Tuesday in the shooting death of an unarmed high school student who was using the rooftop of a Brooklyn housing development as a shortcut to return to a party in another building. Timothy Stansbury Jr., 19, was killed last month by a single bullet fired into his chest by Richard Neri, an 11-year veteran of the New York Police Department, who confronted the young man in a stairwell atop the Louis Armstrong Houses.
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