Four High Ranking NYPD Officers Charged in LARGE Corruption Case

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Four High Ranking NYPD, Officers including 2 Commanders and a Sergeant who over saw gun applications and his officer were arrested early Monday morning on corruption charges, for allegedly doing political favors in exchange for bribes. Several investigations have been taking place in New York City, in an effort to rid the city plagued with corrupt law enforcement. Over the past year the New York, Manhattan Prosecutors office lead by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara has been cleaning up the streets of New York City of corrupt cops.

In April, a scandal emerged where Alex “Shaya” Lichtenstein was accused of running a risky business selling gun permits and bribing Officers with $6,000. He then sold the permits to individuals who wouldn’t otherwise have passed the background test for $18,000. it’s alleged that Shaya sold 150+ gun licenses illegally throughout New York City.

As a result of another loosely connected probe into New York City Police Officials corruption. Nine police officers have been suspended and stripped of their badges. Including four deputy chiefs, as the FBI probes whether they accepted gifts, trips and favors from businessmen in exchange for police escorts, special parking privileges and other favors. This probe was investigating whether there was a connection to business men and Mayor de Blasio fund-raisers.

Which today authorities were finally able to make that connection with Jeremy Reichberg a business man and arrested Deputy Chief Michael Harrington, Deputy Inspector James Grant, and Sgt. David Villanueva and Officer Richard Ochetal of the NYPD for taking various bribes including – dinners, money, material items, sporting tickets, prostitutes etc.

In exchange for political favors which include – arrest, police escorts, assistance with private disputes, free security at religious sites, fixed tickets, and special access to parades.

“They got, in effect, a private police force for themselves and their friends — effectively they got cops on call,”
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said.


“This case shows, whether you’re a cop or a chief, if you break the law you’ll be handled the same way,”
~Police Commissioner Bill Bratton

The arrests mark the first time NYPD officers have been charged in the probe that has lasted 2 ½ years.
Grant, Harrington and Reichberg were all charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. A sentencing if convicted they face a maximum of 20 years in prison.
The investigation is still ongoing and this seems to be just the start we may see further arrest made in this case or others like it.

In another case earlier this month, the head of New York City corrections officers union Norman Seabrook was charged with fraud for orchestrating a bribery scheme involving union retirement money. Where he took union money $20,000 and deposited it to a hedge fund Platinum Partners. Where he got a percent of income back.

These cases show us how easy it is for public officials to be bought out and bribed its a look into the dark side of corruption and bribery plaguing our public offices. Still though despite all this corruption the one that is hurting communities most Police brutality is overlooked maybe after this
hits nationwide police will finally be held responsible for their actions against civilians.


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Keeping the City Safe? Most NYPD Arrests Made Over $2.75 Crime

According to records obtained by the Police Reform Organizing Project, most arrests in New York City last year were for the shocking and horrifying crime of… trying to ride a train without paying the fare?

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These clearly terrifying criminals who couldn’t afford the $2.75 fare — while possibly attempting to get home, or to work — struck so many times that they made up 29,198 of the arrests made by the New York City Police Department in 2015.

The organization also reported that the majority of these arrests occur when officers, often in plainclothes, hide in places on subway platforms outside people’s line of vision and wait around for someone trying to sneak onto the train. Many believe that this is probably not the best use of time and resources.

The arrests, for “farebeating” or “theft of services,” were also a disproportionate 92% people of color.

“I am not surprised that 92% of the people arrested for ‘farebeating’ are Black or Latino,” Steve Zeidman, a law professor at CUNY and longtime police-reform advocate, told Business Insider. “That said, it is certainly not the case that 92% of the people who ‘farebeat’ are black and latino.”

While the NYPD claims that they do not force their officers to meet quotas, many officers have spoken out about the fact that they are still forced to “meet numbers.”

“Subway arrests and summonses are among the most harsh and harmful practices that the NYPD carries out as part of its quota-driven ‘broken windows’ approach to law enforcement,” Robert Gangi of PROP said. “Targeting black and Latino New Yorkers with these tactics reinforces economic and racial inequities.”

As PROP pointed out, and common sense would dictate, those who cannot afford to pay the $2.75 to get around town are far more likely to be low-income people who can be financially crippled even further by the fines after their arrests.

“The theft of services arrests frequently result in the defendant spending a day or two in jail. At arraignment the judge often imposes a fine that the defendant likely cannot pay, which adds to her/his economic stress,” PROP’s report stated.

Each misdemeanor arrest costs taxpayers approximately $1,750, PROP noted. This means that the 29,198 arrests over $2.75 fares cost approximately $51,000,000.

Recently, the MTA announced that it is okay for riders with unlimited passes to swipe in other riders, as long as the swipes aren’t solicited while committing “prohibited conduct.”

To help out fellow New Yorkers, both taxpayers and people who cannot afford the train, PROP is pushing a #SwipeItForward initiative and urging people to swipe someone in after their rides.

Over-Kill: A police force larger than the NYPD guards the G7 Summit

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Luke Rudkowski reported from Munich, Germany that the true number of police protecting the delegates at the 2015 G7 Summit; is 38,000 police officers. CNN also reported that the number would be 17,000 officers. (more…)

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After years of research and a series of unpleasant experiences concerning the current child protection services system, Alec Cope decided to combat the cancerous corruption through information. Freelance writing articles as a form of protest and distributing them throughout his former high-school and local area, Alec struck special chords with whomever he was in contact with.

Alec has been involved in activism such as sit down protests as well as Idle No More gatherings. Being independent for the majority of his time, Alec became a member of the WeAreChange family to assist one of the organizations that inspired him to become active in the first place. With a larger platform and positive support Alec has committed the majority of his time to research, writing, and maintaining social media with the goal to continue expanding the awakening sweeping throughout all levels of society.

Growing up within a rural area in Northern Michigan as well as being a native American descendant, Alec is seeking to expose environmental abuse in his state as well as globally. A high-school dropout, Alec chases his passion for writing and empowering individuals while showing any isolated person that they too can overcome the odds with a community that will support them. Alec lives in the lower peninsula of Michigan near Kalamazoo.

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Ok, so we highly recommend that you do not actually do what you’ve seen in this video. It’s best to be calm, cool, collected and talk in a normal tone when addressing police officers. This footage was shot a couple of years ago, when Luke Rudkowski had a very bad day and was still maturing as a journalist. WeAreChange strongly believes in the right to film in public, but many times police officers incorrectly view this as a crime and use intimidation to stop the legal right to film. This time the opposite scenario played out, which we wanted to share with you. (more…)

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After years of research and a series of unpleasant experiences concerning the current child protection services system, Alec Cope decided to combat the cancerous corruption through information. Freelance writing articles as a form of protest and distributing them throughout his former high-school and local area, Alec struck special chords with whomever he was in contact with.

Alec has been involved in activism such as sit down protests as well as Idle No More gatherings. Being independent for the majority of his time, Alec became a member of the WeAreChange family to assist one of the organizations that inspired him to become active in the first place. With a larger platform and positive support Alec has committed the majority of his time to research, writing, and maintaining social media with the goal to continue expanding the awakening sweeping throughout all levels of society.

Growing up within a rural area in Northern Michigan as well as being a native American descendant, Alec is seeking to expose environmental abuse in his state as well as globally. A high-school dropout, Alec chases his passion for writing and empowering individuals while showing any isolated person that they too can overcome the odds with a community that will support them. Alec lives in the lower peninsula of Michigan near Kalamazoo.

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Video: Community Stops NYPD From Arresting 14 Year Old

Source: Alternet

On May 14, copwatcher Michael Barber of the Copwatch Patrol Unit was out doing a great public service in which he frequently engages – filming the police.  As he was doing so, he captured something absolutely amazing.

The video, originally posted to Facebook early Friday morning, captured undercover officers grabbing at children while attempting to arrest a 14-year-old girl.  This was reportedly over allegations that a child who was with her, who witnesses say appeared to be around 7-years-old, had pushed the button on a police call box. (more…)

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After years of research and a series of unpleasant experiences concerning the current child protection services system, Alec Cope decided to combat the cancerous corruption through information. Freelance writing articles as a form of protest and distributing them throughout his former high-school and local area, Alec struck special chords with whomever he was in contact with.

Alec has been involved in activism such as sit down protests as well as Idle No More gatherings. Being independent for the majority of his time, Alec became a member of the WeAreChange family to assist one of the organizations that inspired him to become active in the first place. With a larger platform and positive support Alec has committed the majority of his time to research, writing, and maintaining social media with the goal to continue expanding the awakening sweeping throughout all levels of society.

Growing up within a rural area in Northern Michigan as well as being a native American descendant, Alec is seeking to expose environmental abuse in his state as well as globally. A high-school dropout, Alec chases his passion for writing and empowering individuals while showing any isolated person that they too can overcome the odds with a community that will support them. Alec lives in the lower peninsula of Michigan near Kalamazoo.

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