Image from the NYPD’s official facebook page.
A snapshot of a spontaneous gesture of kindness, depicting an NYPD officer donating some boots to a homeless man has gone viral. The photo took social media by storm, attracting millions of views and sparking a wave of comments praising the officer.Officer Lawrence DePrimo, 25, was caught on camera when he stumbled upon a barefooted homeless man on Time Square on November 14.“It was freezing out and you could see the blisters on the man’s feet,” the he told the New York Times. “I ha
d two pairs of socks and I was still cold.”After speaking to the man DePrimo found out his shoe size was the same as his own. He subsequently went to a nearby shoe store and returned with a pair of sturdy winter boots, which he slipped on to the homeless man’s bare feet.The officer then offered the man a coffee, but “as soon as the boots were on him, he went on his way, and I just went back to my post.”A tourist from Arizona caught the moment on camera in a blurry photo which she forwarded to the NYPD’s Facebook page. The snapshot has provoked an unprecedented response, generating over 300,000 ‘likes’ and almost 20,000 comments praising the unexpected generosity of the police officer. “A gift straight from his heart. This officer is an absolute blessing to everyone around him. Not just his brothers on the force but for the city that he protects and loves. I wish there were many more like this man,” wrote one Facebook user. Not all of the comments were positive, however, with some questioning the officer’s motives or branding the photo as a propaganda stunt.“Propaganda crap! COP just happens to keep a pair of boots hanging on his neck with the pepper spray, baton, Glock and a pair of handcuffs just in case,” said one of the rare negative comments. … Read More
By Jeff Mays, DNAinfo Reporter/ProducerHARLEM — The Harlem couple who had their faces and home address displayed on "wanted posters" after being branded "professional agitators" by the NYPD for filming police stop-and-frisks have been aquitted or had charges against them dropped.
Matthew Swaye, 35, and his partner Christina Gonzalez, 26, were both facing charges ranging from felony assault to disorderly conduct for confrontations with the NYPD.
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Perhaps it’s time for a burner phone? The New York Times reports that the NYPD has begun quietly and methodically accumulating heaps of call logs and putting them into a searchable database called the Enterprise Case Management System.
It works like this: When someone has their cell phone stolen, the NYPD frequently subpoenas the call logs for that phone, hoping that if the thief used the phone, the recordings will provide evidence that can help track him or her down. But instead of deleting the logs after closing the case, they continue to exist in the NYPD’s database, and could “conceivably be used for any investigative purpose.”
Worse, because the subpoenas typically cover all calls made on the day the phone was stolen, calls made by the actual victim can be included in the database. This means that the NYPD call log database not only includes information about criminals, but also about innocent victims.
Of course, subpoenas only work if the cell phone provider is willing to give up the data, and companies like AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile appear all too eager to submit to the NYPD’s requests.
“With these carriers, the police do not generally seek the victims’ consent,” writes the Times. ”In fact, the subpoenas are executed without the victims’ knowledge.”
Hey, wantrepreneurs: looks like someone needs to disrupt the telecom industry, stat. … Read More
New York‘s police chief has hit out at President Barack Obama over his refusal to tackle gun violence, accusing him of uttering “barely a peep” on the issue. NYPD commissioner Raymond Kelly is quoted in the New York Daily News as noting that Chicago is “maybe the city most…
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New Yorkers, if they’ve been paying any attention at all, have known for a long time that the way the … Read More
David Handschuh/New York Daily News Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said that cops will start videotaping all post-arrest questioning. The NYPD … Read More