Metro NY let us know today that NYPD lost it’s popularity lately.

Not any more explicit than that although the photo send one immediately to OWS.

Inside however the headline is stronger

NYPD: Can we still call them NY’s finest?

the OWS photo is one which made some covers at the time

the article even has a passing reference to OWS

Last year was a rocky one for the NYPD. The largest police force in the U.S. at 34,500 officers strong was consistently under scrutiny for highly publicized scandals and shocking revelations. Rape accusations against police, a ticket-fixing scandal, reporters arrested while covering Occupy Wall Street — with each embarrassing headline, New York’s Finest damaged its once record-high level of trust among the public.

What is being even more gingerly avoided is Bloomberg’s name

Even after a scandal-ridden year for the NYPD, Mayor Michael Bloomberg made no direct reference to the gaffes during his 2012 State of the City Address earlier this month. Instead, he called the NYPD the best police force in the world.

His dictatorial ways barely get a passing mention

Stop-and-frisk tactics, introduced under Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s administration and stepped up by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, let cops pat down anyone they suspect of a crime. Critics call it unconstitutional, while Bloomberg and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly credit the practice with lower crime rates and more arrests.

But it’s the only coverage it gets.

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