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The Bobster
10-22-2015, 03:32 PM

Slain cop’s mom blasts city over stop-and-frisk restrictions
By Carl Campanile
October 22, 2015 | 12:18am

Princess Holder (center, speaking with Bill de Blasio, left, and Bill Bratton), the grieving mother of Officer Randolph Holder (inset), blasted stop-and-frisk restrictions Wednesday.
Photo: Ellis Kaplan

Outrage over the latest killing of a police officer has caused both the family of the slain officer and even one of the city’s liberal lawmakers to question whether limits on stop-and-frisk have emboldened criminals to declare war on cops.

“I think Mayor [B]de Blasio should reconsider this stop-and-frisk because I think it’s gonna be a deterrent to these thugs who go around taking innocent people’s lives,” Princess Holder, the grieving mother of Officer Randolph Holder, told FOX5NY Wednesday.

Brooklyn state Assemblyman William Colton, a Democrat who receives backing from the Working Families Party, also questioned the curtailment of stop-and-frisk, saying he was reconsidering his stance on the issue.

“Since the latest restrictions on stop-and-frisk by the city administration and the courts, the rate of police-officer deaths by gunfire went up significantly,” Colton said.

“This shows that respect for police authority is fading and criminals are getting more brazen.

“We need city leaders to step up and establish strong policies to remove guns from the hands of criminals — not to strip police officers of authority and undermine community respect for professional police activities,” added Colton.

His comments came hours after the shooting death of Holder, allegedly by a suspect with a long rap sheet. Holder is the fourth cop killed in the line of duty since December, along with Brian Moore, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu.

Colton said he will be distributing blue ribbons at his 155 Kings Highway office in support of the NYPD.

Colton also said criminals’ easy access to illegal guns is a pressing national problem that must be addressed by Congress.

The Bobster
02-17-2016, 08:17 AM

Stop-and-frisks plunge, but cops struggle to comply with record-keeping rules: NYPD monitor
By Lia Eustachewich and Bob Fredericks
February 16, 2016 | 11:10pm

The number of stop-and-frisks plunged to about 24,000 last year from 45,787 in 2014 — but cops are still struggling to comply with new record​-​keeping rules that aim to ensure the stops are legal, the federal monitor overseeing the NYPD said in a report released Tuesday.

The report, while acknowledging that it will take time to retrain the 35,000 member force, said more effort has to be put into training so that cops know what’s expected of them, monitor Peter Zimroth said.

“It is apparent from focus group sessions and discussions with individual officers throughout the ranks that many police officers, including supervisors, are not well informed as yet about the changes underway or the reasons for them and, therefore, have yet to internalize them,” Zimroth wrote in a letter to Judge Analisa Torres filed with his report.

“Many appear not to understand what is expected of them.”

Zimroth singled out new record-keeping forms that were created and have to be filled out following a federal judge’s decision that the NYPD’s use of stop-and-frisk was unconstitutional because minorities were disproportionately targeted.

He cited an audit of 600 of the new forms filled out after a stop during a pilot program last summer, and found that about 30 percent — or roughly 180 — were not filled out correctly.

Either the officer did not specify the reason for the initial stop, or did not give the person stopped a tear-off sheet that includes the officers name, badge number and other information, as the new rules require.

Zimroth also noted that supervisors signed off on many of the faulty reports even though they were not filled out properly.

“These supervisors must ensure that their subordinates are implementing the changes required by the court orders and the parties’ agreements—that the stops, frisks and trespass arrests made by their officers are legal and proper and that these activities are correctly documented. Supervisors must take a more active role in oversight, teaching and, when appropriate, discipline,” he wrote.

Zimroth also said the changes ordered by the court have made rank and file cops fearful of being disciplined for an honest mistake — fears he called groundless.

Zimroth also said that the quality of teaching at the Police Academy was inconsistent — and that poor teachers who don’t improve should be booted from the classroom.

“The quality of the instruction at the Police Academy is mixed. The monitor and his team observed some excellent teaching and some poor teaching. This unevenness suggests the Academy should develop a more rigorous program of instructor development.

Overall, stops are way down from since 2013, when there were 192,000, and far below the peak of 685,000 in 2011.

Mayor de Blasio said he hadn’t read the report yet and didn’t comment on its conclusions.

“But I would say we understand that we’re in a transition. The NYPD is working very closely with the federal monitor to figure out how to do things better going forward. We obviously want good and accurate information, but that’s also about training all of our officers in how to do that properly,” Hizoner said.

“As you know Commissioner Bratton is very focused on retraining and clarifying how officers should handle a host of situations. So we’ll look at it and we’ll certainly keep working with the monitor on it.”

The Bobster
03-23-2016, 04:58 PM

Stop-and-frisk Judge Scheindlin steps down from bench
By Lia Eustachewich
March 23, 2016 | 2:05pm

Judge Shira Scheindlin
Photo: AP

The Manhattan federal judge who ​in 2013 ​was booted off ​the high-profile stop-and-frisk case is stepping down from the bench to work in private practice.

In a letter to colleagues Wednesday morning, Judge Shira Scheindlin said her last day will be on April 29 after just over 21 years of service in the Southern District. :D

She announced she will be moving on to practice law in the private sector at a “large” New York City law firm, where she’ll be “assisting in client and pro bono matters, teaching and mentoring associates, and engaging in public speaking and writing.”

“These have been the best years of my life in which I have had the pleasure of working with wonderful colleagues and the opportunity to work on many important and interesting cases,” Scheindlin wrote. “While I will no doubt miss both the work and my colleagues, I am looking forward to taking on new challenges in the private sector.”

She added that she plans on spending the bulk of her time working as an arbitrator and mediator and “in other neutral capacities.”

She was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1994, and presided over three trials of John “Junior” Gotti, tw​​o trials of a California student who knew two of the Sept. 11 hijackers and the trial of international arms dealer Viktor Bout.

In 2013, an appellate panel removed the veteran jurist from a stop-and-frisk case over questions about her impartiality.

​The state Court of Appeals ruled ​that Scheindlin “ran afoul” of the judiciary’s code of conduct by compromising the “appearance of impartiality surrounding this litigation.”

The panel criticized how she had steered the lawsuit to her courtroom when it was filed nearly six years ​earlier.

​Mayor Bill de Blasio ultimately dropped the city’s appeal.​

Scheindlin wasn’t immediately available for comment.