NEW YORK: #NYPD faces lawsuit for withholding info on facial recognition in by think tank that commenced in 2011 #AceNewsDesk – @AceNewsServices

#AceNewsReport – May.03: A think tank is suing the NYPD over its failure to reveal details about its secret facial recognition program. Georgetown University’s Center on Privacy and Technology (CPT) alleges that the department hasn’t complied with New York state’s Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) by forking over information on the system, which the department started using to investigate crimes in 2011. When groups submitted FOIL requests for training manuals and documentation, the NYPD insisted they didn’t have any, so CPT is taking the department to court Engadget reported on Tuesday #AceNewsDesk
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The NYPD did share one document, a Chief of Detectives memo that instructs officers on protocol to submit a request for a facial recognition search. It’s confirmation the program exists, but not how it’s used, how it was built and what privacy protections are in place for the database of citizens’ faces. Which is unsettling considering that the unit built around the facial identification program had conducted over 8,500 facial recognition investigations leading to 2,000 arrests from 2011 until last year, a former NYPD official told the NY Daily News. The department didn’t deny that purchase invoices for the program exist, but claimed they couldn’t be requested by FOIL, which is another claim CPT is debating in its lawsuit.

New York City isn’t the only place in the state investing in more face-screening tech. The NY DMV’s facial recognition system was responsible for over 100 arrests since refining it in January 2016, and Governor Cuomo announced last October that he wanted to expand it to critical locations by covering bridges, tunnels and airports in cameras and sensors. Ideally, this will help eyeball terrorists, but even facial recognition databases used by our top agencies are far from foolproof: The FBI’s system returns false positives 15 percent of the time, more frequently with women and minorities.

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NYC: #NYPD cops pocketed cash bribes to “expedite” pistol permits for members of the Orthodox Jewish community — and a Boro Park Shomrim patrol leader offered another officer a near $1 million payday to keep the scheme going, the feds charged Monday – @AceNewsServices

#AceNewsReport – Jan.08: A cop in the #NYPD ‘s License Division​ allegedly confessed to the #FBI that he and a supervisor accepted payments he called “lunch money” from Alex “Shaya” Lichtenstein, who was hauled into court Monday on bribery and conspiracy charges New York Post reported …

Court papers say Lichtenstein was secretly recorded last week bragging about how he had secured 150 gun licenses through his connections in the division but needed a new hookup there following a crackdown.

Alex “Shaya” Lichtenstein is shielded from press while heading out of court.Matthew McDermott

He then offered a whistleblowing cop $6,000 a pop to continue the scheme, using a calculator to show ​that ​another 150 permits would be worth $900,000 in payoffs, court papers say.

Lichtenstein said his arrangement had been derailed by the License Division’s commanding officer, ​Deputy Inspector ​Michael Endall, for fear that people would think Endall “had his hand in the cookie pot,” according to the feds.

The complaint says Lichtenstein spent time at the License Division “on a near daily basis” from 2014 and was regularly spotted sitting near the desk of a supervisor, identified by sources as Sgt. David Villanueva.

Villanueva told his colleagues at the License Division early this year that Endall had “banished Lichtenstein because of the money Lichtenstein was making selling gun licenses,” the complaint says.

Villanueva claimed that Lichtenstein “charged his customers $18,000 per gun license.”

During questioning Sunday by the #FBI, another License Division cop — identified by sources as Officer Richard Ochetal — admitted he knew Lichtenstein and had processed permit applications for him, the papers say.

“When asked if Lichtenstein paid cash bribes to [Villanueva] or [Ochetal], [Ochetal] was silent for several seconds and then said that Lichtenstein would give [Villanueva] ‘lunch money’ for [Villanueva] and [Ochetal],” the complaint says.

“Asked how much ‘lunch money’ he would receive, [Ochetal] responded ‘a hundred dollars.’ ’’

No charges have been filed against Endall, Villanueva or Ochetal.

But less than half an hour before the Lichtenstein complaint was unsealed, the #NYPD announced that all three had been bounced from the License Division.

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said Endall “is being reassigned to an administrative position pending further review,” while Villanueva and Ochetal were both stripped of their badges and guns and also transferred.

The moves brought to nine the number of cops who have been publicly demoted since The Post revealed this month that the FBI was investigating a gifts-for-favors scheme involving top #NYPD brass and two businessmen, Jona Rechnitz and Jeremy Reichberg.

The joint probe with the #NYPD has also enveloped Mayor de Blasio’s 2013 campaign-finance operation, and Bratton last week told The Post that it was the department’s worst scandal he has seen since the Knapp Commission’s revelations of widespread police graft in the early 1970s.

“This investigation will continue to go where the leads take us,” Bratton said in a statement Monday.

Lichtenstein, 44, was busted by the feds Sunday morning at his home in Pomona, Rockland County, where he lives with his wife and a teenage son.

He was hauled into a packed Manhattan federal courtroom Monday afternoon. Wearing a gray golf shirt, black pants and a black yarmulke, he appeared scrawny and pale as he sniffled loudly and wiped away tears.

Prosecutor Kan Nawaday asked to have Lichtenstein held without bail as a “danger to the community.”

“He was no less than an arms dealer for the community in New York City,” Nawaday said.

“Our case is very strong. Just last week, this defendant was recorded trying to bribe an #NYPD officer to obtain a permit for his clients.”

Nawaday also said that the feds seized two handguns during Lichtenstein’s arrest and that he had a shotgun stashed in his home.

US Magistrate Judge Henry Pitman rejected the government’s request and set bond at $500,000.

“I don’t think dangerousness has been shown here. I think the government’s characterization of him as an arms dealer is somewhat hyperbolic,” Pitman said.

Lichtenstein, whose lawyer described him as a “self-employed businessman” making $80,000 a year, posted the bond and was sprung at around 5:30 p.m.

He declined to comment on his way out of the courthouse but gave a thumbs-up to photographers.

A source in the Borough Park Orthodox community said some of the pistol permits Lichtenstein obtained may have been legitimate, but many were not.

“It’s just a prestige thing. It shows you’re hooked up in the Police Department and you have important, high-ranking friends,” the source said.

Additional reporting by Shawn Cohen http://nyp.st/2i2STZr

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NYC: #NYPD Slain cop’s widow, whose husband was #killed in a shootout in November with fellow office r gifted with $5K check each by Archangel Blue Foundation God Bless – @AceNewsServices

#AceNewsReport – Dec.19: This will not be the happiest Christmas for a slain cops widow but the kindness of his fellow officers will help …

The widow and a colleague of an #NYPD officer who was #killed in the line of duty last month have received $5,000 each from The Archangel Blue Foundation. Lisa Tuozzolo and Sgt. Emmanuel Kwo — who was wounded during a shootout that #killed Tuozzolo’s husband, Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo — were handed the generous gifts …

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#AceXmasNews NYC: #NYPD Officer Buys Socks For Homeless Man Seen Digging Through Trash In Grand Central Now That’s Christmas Aren’t The Boys In Blue Wonderful – @AceNewsServices

#AceNewsReport – A New York City transit #police officer has made good on a promise he made a homeless man.image

Officer Frank Rendina, of the #NYPD Transit Bureau’s Anti-Terrorism Unit, and his partner were patrolling Grand Central Terminal last Friday when they spotted Ron Brown digging through a trash can.

They explained to Ron that it’s illegal to open trash cans on subway platforms and asked him to stop.

Rendina then asked Ron why he was collecting cans.

The homeless man said, “I want socks,” and without hesitating, Rendina offered to buy him a pair.

“Glancing down it was apparent that his dusty feet in his ripped shoes did in fact need socks, and noting that winter is coming, socks would definitely be needed,” said subway rider Joshua Lagan, who witnessed the exchange and wrote about on his Facebook page. “Without hesitation, the cop put his arm on his shoulder and smiling said, ‘I’ll buy you socks. It’s Christmas soon right? I’ll buy you socks for Christmas. Merry Christmas,’ he said smiling broadly. ‘Let’s go to the store.’ The homeless man was so shocked he just kept stammering, ‘Are you serious?” “Are you serious?’”

#NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill thanked Lagan for capturing the special moment.

Found on @facebook. Thx for taking time to post this @joshualagan. We can all learn something. I’m so proud of #NYPD cops, and of all NYers. pic.twitter.com/vhoQie232e

— Commissioner O’Neill (@NYPDONeill) December 6, 2016

“Found on @facebook. Thx for taking time to post this @joshualagan. We can all learn something. I’m so proud of #NYPD cops, and of all NYers,” O’Neill wrote on Twitter.

Rendina had the socks boxed and wrapped, and he was back in Grand Central on Tuesday to give Brown the special gift, according to a tweet by Transit Chief Joseph Fox.

ATU Officer Frank Rendina, looking for Ron today to make good on a promise & spread some holiday cheer pic.twitter.com/9LcrgE5YkW

— Chief Joseph Fox (@NYPDTransit) December 6, 2016

“It’s Christmas season, I would’ve done it regardless but we made it extra special, put it in some wrapping and make it fancy,” Rendina said.

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NYC: #NYPD are looking for a quick-thinking thief who stole an 86-pound bucket of gold flakes worth nearly $1.6 million off an armored truck in Manhattan on Wednesday – @AceNewsServices

#AceNewsReport – Nov.30: Police: Thief Stole 86 Lb. Bucket of Gold Flakes Worth $1.6M

Police in New York City are looking for a quick-thinking thief who stole an 86-pound bucket of gold flakes worth nearly $1.6 million off an armored truck in Manhattan.

The unidentified thief swiped the 5-gallon metal bucket off the back of the vehicle on Sept. 29 when a guard briefly went to the truck’s cab to reportedly retrieve his cellphone.

The incident occurred in broad daylight on West 48th Street in New York City’s Midtown section. Police say the suspect likely didn’t know what the bucket contained.

Police say the thief lugged the gold flakes up the street, taking an hour to complete what would normally be considered a 10-minute walk. He then hopped into a white van and fled.

The suspect is believed to be hiding out somewhere in Florida …

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NEW YORK: #NYPD Reportedly looking for two suspects in Brooklyn Friday morning after a #police pursuit led to a cross-borough chase on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and BQE – @AceNewsServices

#AceNewsReport – Seot.09: Police Pursue Car Across Verrazano Onto BQE

There was a huge #police presence at the border of Borough Park and Dyker Heights as day broke. NYPD officers were investigating near a dark-colored sedan that apparently crashed into parked vehicles

The pursuit started on Staten Island and wound up on the Verrazano Bridge and BQE before ending near 65th Street and the Hamilton Parkway in Brooklyn.

Two suspects were reportedly on the loose. It appeared a female was taken into custody before dawn. An #NYPD aviation helicopter was circling above and surrounding streets were closed.

A man inside of a Rite Aid said that he tended to a woman inside of a car that was hit during the pursuit. She was taken away by ambulance. It wasn’t immediately known if anyone else was injured..

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NEW YORK CITY: #NYPD Accused of violating court-mandated rules on handling investigations related to Muslim groups or individuals watchdog reported – @AceNewsServices

#AceNewsReport – Aug.26: #NYPD regularly violated rules on probing Muslim groups: watchdog


NEW YORK (Reuters) – The New York City #Police Department routinely violated court-mandated rules on handling investigations of political activity, particularly Muslim groups or individuals, the department’s watchdog said in a report released on Tuesday…..

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