Digest : Ongoing NYPD Controversies ; Senator Malcolm Smith trial update ; Assembly speaker race update

Digest :  Ongoing NYPD Controversies ; Senator Malcolm Smith trial update ; Assembly speaker race update

DIGEST : (i) Commissioner William Bratton creates a military battalion within NYPD ;  Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to discipline public defenders for appearing in a rap video even as City Hall has yet to introduce a mechanism to keep NYPD officers accountable for committing murder ; (ii) former New York State Senator Malcolm Smith's criminal trial should end soon ; and (iii) an update on race for a new State Assembly speaker.

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