The numerous demonstrations and rallies that have been held in recent weeks in Manhattan and other parts of New York City in protest of alleged police violence against minorities have cost the city $22.9 million in police overtime since December 3, generating a “significant drain” of resources, NYPD commissioner Bill Bratton stated Monday evening.
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(AP). A retired police officer from Michigan has made it his mission to educate first-responders and others about how to more effectively interact with people with autism spectrum disorder.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says one in 68 American children is affected by autism spectrum disorder, and research indicates autistic people are seven times more likely to come into contact with law enforcement.
The suspect, identified as Eric Linsker, 29, a professor from Baruch College and a Brooklyn resident, was arrested earlier this morning and is currently being interviewed in a Manhattan precinct, the source said.
(AP). A gathering of black congressional staffers and other Capitol employees stood silently on the House steps Thursday and raised their hands in the air to protest the killing of unarmed black men by police.
They bowed their heads as Senate Chaplain Barry C. Black prayed, “Forgive us when we have failed to lift our voices for those who couldn’t speak or breathe for themselves” – emphasizing “breathe” in reference to Eric Garner, who died after a policeman grabbed him in a chokehold in New York.
(AP). With widely watched amateur videos of police killings as a backdrop, New York City police are hoping to arm more officers with stun guns as an option for subduing emotionally disturbed people and other suspects who resist arrest.
Preliminary plans call for 450 additional officers to carry the electroshock weapons while on patrol, police officials said Wednesday.
The top officials of the New York City Police Department held an urgent meeting Wednesday morning with senior rabbis from the city’s Chabad-Lubavitch movement to discuss security issues following the stabbing of a rabbinical student by an intruder on Monday night at the group’s Crown Heights headquarters, at 770 Eastern Parkway.
Council Orders Inspector General To Investigate How NYPD Tracks Complaints; Form CCRB Outreach At Local District Offices
New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Council Public Safety Chair Vanessa Gibson and the City Council announced on Wednesday the first steps of a comprehensive response to the Eric Garner decision, a few days after staging a die in protest and blocking traffic outside City Hall.
At first, a formal request will be sent to the NYPD’s new Inspector General to investigate how NYPD tracks, monitors and addresses alleged abusive conduct, as well as the establishment of CCRB Community Outreach locations Council Member District Offices.
The NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau is on the hunt for a man who told a Manhattan landlord to stop collecting rent from one of her tenants, and warned that if she does not stop, she will be arrested and charged with harassment, NYPD said.
Detectives said that last Thursday at approximately 5:20 PM, the landlord received a phone call from a man who identified himself as Police Officer Henderson from the 90th Precinct in Williamsburg.
A young Sephardic Jewish tourist visiting New York City from France who decided to slip past NYPD security and climb up the cables of the Brooklyn Bridge to take some photos last month was sentenced to 30 days of community service on Tuesday.
“This is about tying up city resources! What would happen if [emergency responders] were tied up at the Brooklyn Bridge and couldn’t get to 770 Eastern Parkway?” Brooklyn Criminal Court Judge Michael Gerstein blasted, referring to Tuesday’s early-morning stabbing of a rabbinical student and the fatal shooting of his would-be murderer at the main Lubavitcher synagogue there.
Depending on their particular background, members of the American public had quite divergent reactions to the recent grand jury decisions in two deaths involving the police that have set off protests in cities across the United States.
By a notable margin of 50% to 37%, Americans questioned in a just-released poll conducted by the Pew Research Center For The People and The Press say a grand jury made the correct decision not to charge former Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.
The five individuals – three men and two women, who are reportedly not related to each other – are suspected by authorities of helping Frenchman Mehdi Nemmouche to implement his attack, which resulted in the killing of four people in May.
In a seeming reversal of its October 20 order to freeze the plea bargain of Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto, Israel’s High Court of Justice on Monday indicated that it would most probably allow the deal to be implemented.
While expressing empathy with the petitioners’ criticism of both the plea bargain’s inherent leniency and the police’s failure to question high-level police official Efrayim Bracha under caution, the High Court noted that Pinto would serve a 12-month prison sentence and that Bracha had been questioned about his part in the Pinto affair, just not under caution.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York City, has joined together with Rabbi Michael Miller, Executive Vice President and CEO of the Jewish Community Relations Council of NYC, to make a statement in response to the grand jury decision last week not to indict police office Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner during an attempted apprehension for a petty crime.
Garner died on July 17, after being held in a chokehold by Pantaleo when he resisted arrest on suspicion of illegally selling loose cigarettes. The ultimately fatal encounter was captured on video by a passerby, and was subsequently broadcast nationally over various media networks.
After two days of widespread demonstrations protesting a grand jury’s decision not to indict a New York City police officer in the death of Eric Garner, the de Blasio administration is showing off numbers that appear to reveal a “significant drop in misconduct complaints” against NYPD officers over the last five months.
According to Mayor Bill de Blasio and Civilian Complaint Review Board Chairman Richard Emery, from July 1 through November 30, exactly 1,813 complaints of police misconduct were filed with the CCRB. In sharp contrast, over the course of that same time period in 2013, there were 2,450 complaints filed.
A gang of militants – apparently African-American based on their title – has issued a declaration of violence, with intent to kill, against NYPD police officers, The Daily News reports. A police union on Saturday verified the dire threat, which comes in the immediate and tumultuous aftermath of the controversial grand jury decision in the Eric Garner grand jury case.
According to Ed Mullins, President of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, ten members of the “Black Guerrilla Family” are “preparing to shoot on duty police officers.”
New photographic images of last month’s horrific terrorist attack at the Bnei Torah synagogue in the Har Nof neighborhood of Jerusalem display policemen shooting the terrorists as they came out of the shul after brutally murdering four men who were in the midst of prayer.
The attack took the lives of Rabbis Moshe Twersky, Aryeh Kupinsky, Kalman Levine and Avraham Shmuel Goldberg inside the synagogue, and the life of Master Sergeant Zidan Sif outside.
Lemrick Nelson Jr. – who gained infamy for allegedly stabbing a Chassidic Jewish man to death when a mob attacked the victim during the 1991 riots in Crown Heights, Brooklyn – was arrested for drunken driving after officers found him passed out with an open bottle of Scotch in a parked car near Newark Airport.
The now-39-year-old Nelson — who stood trial for the killing of Yankel Rosenbaum during the racially charged tumult — was so startled when Port Authority officers awakened him that he instinctively stepped on the gas to try and speed away, according to police.
(AP). The cell phone video of the last moments of Eric Garner’s life was watched millions of times on the Internet, clearly showing a white police officer holding the unarmed black man in a chokehold, even as he repeatedly gasped, “I can’t breathe.”
But despite that visual evidence, and a medical examiner’s ruling that the chokehold contributed to the death, a Staten Island grand jury decided Wednesday not to bring any charges against the officer involved, prompting protests across the country and sending thousands onto New York’s streets, where they marched, chanted and blocked traffic into the next morning.
In a shocking warning, security experts are claiming that Al-Qaeda terrorists were plotting to blow up five European passenger jets in a so-called Christmas “spectacular,” The Daily Express reported.
The threat is being viewed with such concern that authorities nearly effected an outright ban on all hand luggage from being carried onto flights, a senior insider disclosed. Mobile phones and electronic devices may yet be banned from airplane cabins, with the threat of a 9/11-style coordinated attack on London and other major cities believed to be in the short-term works.
Wilson made his first public statements Tuesday during an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos. He offered details of the Aug. 9 shooting like those contained in his grand jury testimony, released a day earlier after it was decided he wouldn’t be indicted in the death.
(AP). Smoke billowed from burned-out buildings and sidewalks were strewn with broken glass Tuesday morning after Ferguson erupted over a grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer in the killing of unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown.
Firefighters were dousing the blackened remains of some businesses and at least one was still ablaze. Some Ferguson stores that weren’t burned had smashed display windows, but the streets of the St. Louis suburb were mostly clear.
While they are primarily firefighters, they are also crime fighters when needed, as FDNY demonstrated Monday when department members followed a 33-year-old man who robbed an 82-year-old woman just feet away from Engine 247.
It all started shortly after 11:50 AM when Borough Park Shomrim received a phone call that a woman was just robbed at the intersection of 13th Avenue and 61st Street. After immediately notifying the police and responding to the scene, Shomrim members saw FDNY members running after the suspect.
A member of the Council of Torah Sages of the Sephardic Shas party stated on Thursday that any Jewish resident of Israel who has a valid gun license is obligated to carry his weapon this Shabbat in the context of the heightened security threat facing Jerusalem and other parts of the country as of late.
Rabbi David Yosef further said that synagogue administrators should make sure that there is a charged cell phone available in their house of worship throughout the holy day of rest in case of an emergency.
Following the stabbing of an Orthodox Jew in Antwerp, a Belgian Jewish politician has demanded that the government pay for the community’s security costs of $1 million a year. Claude Marinower, Antwerp’s alderman for education, expressed the demand on Thursday – several days after 31-year-old Yehosha Malik was knifed in the neck by an unknown assailant while he was walking to synagogue to attend Shabbos prayer services.
Rep. Steve Cohen, Tennessee’s first Jewish Congressman, offered a truly unique idea on Wednesday to greatly heighten security for President Obama – namely, to build a moat around the White House.
‘Would a moat – water, six feet around, be kind of attractive and effective?” Cohen posited at a House Judiciary Committee hearing with Joseph Clancy, the acting director of the Secret Service.