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Jan 9, 2015

New York police commissioner confirms slowdown by officers

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City’s police commissioner
conceded on Friday that there had been a widespread work
slowdown by officers in the four weeks since two policemen were
shot dead in an ambush, although he suggested it was coming to
an end.

Commissioner Bill Bratton and Mayor Bill de Blasio had
repeatedly said this week it was too soon to tell if a slowdown
was underway, saying other factors may explain the drop in
arrests and court summonses.

Jan 8, 2015

Police unions reject NYC mayor’s leadership as deep rift persists

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City police union leaders said they rejected Mayor Bill de Blasio’s leadership after emerging from a meeting with the city’s police commissioner on Wednesday, suggesting the mayor’s effort to mend his unusually deep rift with police was failing.

The meeting with Commissioner William Bratton came only hours after de Blasio conceded he was still unable to say whether officers in the nation’s largest police force had embarked on a widespread work slowdown in the two weeks since two policemen were ambushed and killed.

Jan 7, 2015

New York City ends ban on cellphones in public schools

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City is ending its ban on
students bringing their cellphones into the city’s public
schools, the mayor’s office announced on Wednesday.

Under the new rules, principals in the largest school system
in the United States will be allowed to devise their own
cellphone policy, or use a default policy of allowing students
to bring their phones to school as long as they remain out of
sight.

Jan 6, 2015

NY mayor brushes off reports of police arrests slowdown

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio described a sharp decline in arrests and court summonses in the two weeks since two policemen were shot dead in an ambush as a few “aberrant” days, brushing off reports they were signs of a police work slowdown.

De Blasio, in his first interaction with journalists in two weeks, joined Police Commissioner William Bratton on Monday to announce a continued general decline in serious crime in the city in 2014, which he called a record-breaking year.

Jan 5, 2015

Judge to weigh releasing grand jury record in NYC chokehold death

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A New York judge is due to hear arguments on Monday whether to make public records of a grand jury hearing into the case of an unarmed black man killed after a policeman put him in a chokehold while arresting him for peddling loose cigarettes.

After an unusually lengthy session lasting nine weeks, the grand jury voted in December not to indict the police officer, Daniel Pantaleo, for his role in the death of Eric Garner on a Staten Island sidewalk last summer.

Jan 3, 2015

NYC officer’s funeral for “grieving not grievance,” commissioner says

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York’s police commissioner asked members of the force attending services for the second officer slain in Brooklyn last month to refrain from the “act of disrespect” seen at his partner’s funeral, when some of the tens of thousands in uniform turned their backs on the mayor.

“A hero’s funeral is about grieving, not grievance,” wrote Commissioner Bill Bratton in a memo to be read at roll calls over the weekend, when a wake and funeral will be held for Wenjian Liu, believed to be the first Chinese-American police officer killed in the line of duty in the city.

Jan 3, 2015

Slain New York police officer to be honored this weekend

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City police are expected to turn out in force this weekend at a wake and funeral for the second of two officers slain in an ambush last month that has further strained relations between the rank and file and Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Wenjian Liu is believed to be the first Chinese-American police officer killed in the line of duty in New York City. Services in his memory will take place in Brooklyn, not far from where he lived with his wife of two months and his parents.

Jan 2, 2015

Slain NYC officer’s funeral poses new test for mayor, police

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A New York City policeman slain with his partner in an ambush will be remembered this weekend with a wake and a funeral expected to draw thousands of officers, against a backdrop of frayed relations between the force and Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Saturday’s wake and Sunday’s funeral for Wenjian Liu, believed to be the first Chinese-American police officer killed in the line of duty in the city, follows observances for his partner, Rafael Ramos.

Dec 31, 2014

Tensions remain after New York City mayor meets police unions

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Police union leaders said their grievances with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio remained unresolved after meeting with him on Tuesday, 10 days after they said he was partly to blame for a gunman’s deadly attack on two policemen.

The meeting came after a marked drop in arrests across the city last week. One city newspaper said the decline was evidence of a “virtual work stoppage”, but city officials were unable to say on Tuesday whether or not a police slowdown was under way.

Dec 30, 2014

New York City mayor to meet police unions to defuse tensions

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was to meet on Tuesday with the leaders of police unions who accused him of having blood on his hands after two policemen were shot dead in an ambush 10 days ago.

De Blasio, whose turbulent relationship with his police department has become the gravest crisis of his year-old mayoralty, called the meeting to “foster constructive and responsible dialogue,” his press secretary, Phil Walzak, wrote in an e-mail.