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De Blasio Pledges to Speed Up Discipline Against Accused Cops After Years of Logjams

The mayor said he would hire more NYPD lawyers — more than 2 ½ years after the recommendation of a panel of law enforcement experts who identified a major backlog of cases. "Let’s just do it," de Blasio said after THE CITY pressed him.

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Inside Bernie Madoff’s Life Behind Bars: From Billions to 24 Cents an Hour

The New Yorker behind the biggest Ponzi scheme in history refused treatment that could have extended his life, prison files obtained by THE CITY show. Meanwhile, scores of lawyers lined up visits aimed at clawing back their clients’ lost life savings.

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Hundreds of New City Jail Officers for Rikers Put Detainee Advocates on Guard

Rikers Island and other city lockups employ five officers for every three incarcerated people. As some call for a reduction in officers, the City Council okays a budget plan that boosts the ranks by 400.

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Bronx Cops in Kawaski Trawick Killing Guilty of Misconduct, CCRB Finds

The Civilian Complaint Review Board says Officer Brendan Thompson, who fired the fatal shot, improperly used his Taser and gun, and failed to quickly seek medical help. NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea has final say on discipline.

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Manhattan DA Candidates’ Reform Talk Rattles Veteran Prosecutors

Staffers working for Cy Vance worry budget and personnel cuts could hamper the office, which is investigating former President Trump. Reformers say change is needed to fix a flawed culture among district attorneys.

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No New Jails? Next Mayor Could Scrap de Blasio’s Close-Rikers Plan

On the campaign trail, those vying for City Hall are hedging their bets on the lockup blueprint to build four new jails. Justice reform advocates pushing for the $8.2 billion project worry the next mayor won’t keep it on track.

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Cuomo-Controlled Legal Marijuana ‘Cannabis Board’ Rolling In for Summer

First came the law — now comes the bureaucracy. The new Cannabis Control Board is expected to be in place in June, THE CITY has learned. Other states offer cautionary tales as New York aims to get pot sales going by April 1, 2022.

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NYPD ‘Accidental’ Killer Cop’s Rise to Brooklyn Chief Questioned

After the killing of Daunte Wright in Minnesota, Mayor de Blasio said cops who "don’t know how to handle their weapon" shouldn’t be on the force. But an NYPD officer who he says he accidentally shot and killed a man in 2008 just notched his latest big job.

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Remote Housing Court Hearings Strain Internet-Deprived Tenants Taking on Landlords

In The Bronx, where 38% of residents lack broadband, a shutdown of most in-person cases has tenant reps scrambling to supply laptops and hotspots for clients’ day in court. Maricela Catalán is among those waging a remote fight against her landlord.

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NYC Jail Officers Lash Out at Inmates With Few Consequences, Discipline Records Show

Following New York’s repeal of 50-a law barring release of uniformed officer personnel records, Department of Correction files show 11 officers were disciplined for at least three confirmed misconduct incidents over an 18-month period.

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Mayor, City Council Dial Up Anger Over NYPD Phone Seizures

The mayor’s office is looking into how it might get phones back into kids’ hands quicker after they are taken by police, following THE CITY’s report. Council members, meanwhile, are demanding more data — and action.

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How New York’s New Marijuana Law Plants Seeds of Fairness

The historic legalization measure includes a social justice plan to give a piece of the action to groups targeted by drug wars. Here’s everything you need to know — including when you’ll be able to legally buy weed.

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Will the State Marijuana Bill Pay Off for Black and Brown New Yorkers?

The deal Gov. Cuomo and lawmakers made to legalize recreational use of pot includes provisions to help minority- and women-owned businesses. But similar social equity provisions in other states haven’t worked out as planned.

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Family Visits for Inmates at City Jails Gearing Up for Return After a Lost Year

Jail supervisors have begun training staff at Rikers Island and other local lockups on updated pandemic protocols. Some families can’t wait: "My son keeps saying he just wants to give his dad a million hugs."

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FBI Cuomo Probe Seeks Details on Deal to Shield Nursing Homes from COVID Lawsuits

Federal investigators knock on Albany doors to ask about how a health care industry demand to protect nursing home operators made it into the state budget at the height of the pandemic, sources say.

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A Brooklyn Grandmother Wants Cuomo to Free the Man Imprisoned for Shooting Her in the Head. Not Even Her Husband Agrees

Carolyn Jones survived the 1996 incident outside a Bedford-Stuyvesant church. But she says she can’t fully heal unless the governor springs David Herion. "I want him home yesterday," she said.

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Attorney General James’ NYPD Suit Points Another Finger at Top Cop for Protest Crackdowns

Chief of Department Terence Monahan has been dogged by accusations of directing police offers to violate demonstrators’ civil rights since at least 2004, when dozens were arrested during protests of the Republican National Convention.

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For New Yorkers Brutalized in Black Lives Matter Marches, Response at Capitol Brings Disbelief and Bitterness

"Where were the rubber bullets? Where were the mass arrests?" asked a woman hospitalized after an NYPD cop pushed her to the ground in May. For those arrested and beaten in New York last year, Wednesday’s chaos in Washington spurred more pain.

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Prisoners Hoping for Mercy Place Little Faith in Cuomo

Despite the governor’s promise of a progressive overhaul of the clemency process, very few people have made the cut. Cuomo’s 24 commutations in his term don’t match the pace of his father. Meanwhile, the pandemic has upped the stakes.

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Why Are Shootings Up in New York City? We Asked Four People on the Front Lines

A mother who lost a son, a cop, a violence interrupter and an academic weigh in on the murder spike that’s accompanied the pandemic — and talk about how to drive the violence back down.