Category Archives: Law and Order

Furor Over NYPD Choking and Beating Staten Island Man To Death [Video]

choking NYPDA 400-pound Staten Island dad of six, suffering for asthma, died Thursday after a cop put him in a chokehold and other officers appeared to slam his head against the sidewalk, according to a video of the incident published on The Daily News website.

“I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe!” Eric Garner, 43, is heard screaming after at least five NYPD officers took him down in front of a Tompkinsville beauty supply store when he resisted an arrest. Read more »

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Miami Beach, FL – Athiest Group Compares Eruv In Pinetree Park As Sharia Law

eruvmapnmbTension is flaring up over an Eruv in Miami Beach, with the City defended it while anti-religion groups compare the symbolic measure to Sharia law.

Miami Beach city attorney Raul Aguila on Monday responded to complaints that an Eruv in Pinetree park is unconstitutional. Aguila told the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) that the city-sanctioned Eruv is “consistent” with U.S. court decisions. Read more »

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Crown Heights – 11-Year-Old Boy Crossing Green Light Hit by Car, In Serious Condition

An 11- year-old boy from the Lubavitcher community in Crown Heights is in serious but stable condition after being struck by a vehicle Thursday afternoon in the Brooklyn neighborhood, police said.

The child was walking on Rochester Avenue and Union street and – in an attempt to cross the intersection – he ran out between two parked vehicles. A car traveling down the avenue at that moment struck the boy, causing him to fall on his head and suffer serious head injuries.

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Survivor of Kansas City Shooting Joins Gun Control Lawsuit Against The State

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A man who came under fire during the deadly attack on two Jewish institutions on a suburban Kansas City joined a lawsuit against a state law that makes it a felony for federal officials to enforce certain gun laws, according to a report on KCTV5 News.

Paul Temme joined the lawsuit filed Wednesday by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, seeking to overturn a 2013 state law declaring that the federal government has no authority to regulate guns manufactured, sold and kept only in Kansas. Read more »

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Sterling Yells at Wife, Vows Never To Sell The LA Clippers

Donald Sterling called his wife a “pig” in court Wednesday and defiantly yelled on the witness stand that he will never sell the LA Clippers, the NY Post reported.

Sterling was particularly enraged as his wife, Shelly, ­attempted to seal a $2 billion deal to unload the team.

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Monroe, NY – Three Arrested For Stealing $5K In Merchandise From Wal-Mart

The New York State Police in Monroe arrested three individuals who were caught stealing over $5,000.00 worth of merchandise from the Wal-Mart store in the Town of Monroe.

On Thursday, June 26, 2014, Clifton Jones, age 54, of Newburgh, Alicia Brown, age 21, of Newburgh and Beth Williams, age 28, of Walden, were observed by loss prevention leaving the store without paying for 3 shopping carts loaded with electronics, infants clothing and auto accessories. Read more »

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Brooklyn, NY – Drunk Driver Crashes Into Tax Office 50 Minutes After Closing [Video]

brooklyn crashThe front of a Brooklyn tax office in Sheepshead Bay was destroyed when a car getting out-of-control car crashed through its front window Wednesday evening.

Police responded to the Federal Tax Masters office in the 2700 block of Coney Island Avenue in Sheepshead Bay around 6 p.m. to find the car completely in the business. The  crash was caught on surveillance video, showing the Mercedes hitting a parked car, crushing a parking meter and then slamming into the storefront Read more »

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Brooklyn DA Thompson Joins Ring Of Authorities Going After Hynes

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson has joined the ring of authorities going after ex-DA Charles Hynes, probing his use of asset forfeiture money to pay restitution to victims of a real estate scam, including the late Judge John Phillips, The NY Post reported Wednesday.

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Charges Dropped Against De Blasio’s Buddy Bishop Findlayter

findlayterThe Brooklyn bishop who was saved from a night in prison for unlicensed driving after Mayor de Blasio placed a call to the NYPD had all criminal charges dropped against him Monday.

The politically connected Findlayter, who played a vital role in helping de Blasio win the black vote in the Democratic mayoral primary last year, managed to avoid spending a night in jail before his arraignment after de Blasio called a top NYPD spokeswoman in February.

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Report: Shortage Of Yiddish Translators In NY Courts

The mistrial in New York State Senator Malcolm Smith’s bribery case due to hours of untranslated Yiddish conversations has revealed that NY courts lack the resources compared to the needs of the growing populations.

Though the New York region is home to more than 75% of the nation’s 159,000 Yiddish speakers, according to U.S. Census data, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York only has a single Yiddish interpreter on call, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday.  Read more »

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Vision Zero Proponents Bring Home Message of Distracted Driving Dangers

NYPD security cameraProponents of the Vision Zero campaign used a free hands-on demonstration on Tuesday to bring home the message that distracted driving is quite dangerous. The traffic safety advocates had participants commandeer a wheel connected to a simulator being used by AT&T, in order to convince them about the perils of texting while driving.

“It shows you that if you think that you’re really not distracted, in fact, you really are,” Marissa Shorenstein, president of AT&T for NY, told NY1. “It is very hard to get through that simulation without crashing into something.” Read more »

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Flatbush – Man Struck And Killed In Parking Lot Of Jewish Supermarket

A 22-year-old Hispanic man was struck and killed on Tuesday in the parking lot of Moshe’s discount supermarket in Brooklyn.

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Report: Shootings Spike As Result Of Bratton, De Blasio’s Weak Hand On Enforcement

The number of citizens victimized by shooting has skyrocketed across the city in 2014, up 43 percent in just the last month, while fewer guns are coming off the streets, NYPD statistics show.

According to the NY Post, the alarming trend is the result of the police department’s force inability to use tactics like stop-and-frisk.

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BREAKING: Man With Rifle Barricaded in LA Residence Following High-Speed Police Chase

A man armed with what is apparently a semi-automatic rifle that he pointed at police officers in the course of a high-speed chase from east of downtown Los Angeles to the San Fernando Valley ultimately climbed onto a roof and then barricaded himself in a residence. Read more »

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New York – Schneiderman Unviels Program That Provides Bulletproff Vests For Statewide Police Depts

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Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman on Monday unveiled the inVEST Partnership, a new statewide program that offers law-enforcement agencies the opportunity to purchase bulletproof vests for sworn officers. The Partnership will provide financial relief to agencies hurt by federal spending cuts and unable to afford the life-saving vests for their own officers. Read more »

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Bloomingburg, NY – Appellate Court Reverses Stop Order On Lamm’s 396-Unit Development

Bloomingburg developementBloomingburg NY – The new development in Bloomingburg (Chestnut Ridge) was handed a decisive victory on Thursday as the Appellate Court dismissed the arguments made by the Rural Community Coalition against Orthodox developer Shalom Lamm.

The court ruled that Lamm can resume construction of the 396-unit Hasidic development in the Village after a state court reversed an order to stop work by Sullivan County Judge Stephan Schick. Read more »

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NYC Council Passes Vision Zero Pedestrian Safety Package

The New York City Council on Thursday voted on comprehensive traffic and pedestrian safety package comprised of 11 bills and 6 resolutions.

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Community Board 12 Honors Hate Crime Task Force At Special Awards Meeting [Photos]

DO8A1822Community Board 12 on Tuesday honored the NYPD Southern Brooklyn Hate Crime Taks force with plaques for their dedication and efforts in protecting the Jewish community in Borough Park and surrounding neighborhoods.

Chairman Yidel Perlstein and district manager Barry Spitzer lauded the NYPD for their work in fighting crime and biased attacks against the community.

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Manhattan Police Crack Down on Errant Bicyclists

Police on Manhattan’s Upper West Side have announced their intention to crack down on bicyclists who routinely break traffic laws by riding through red lights, riding on sidewalks and driving around corners without first slowing down.

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NYPD’s First Inspector General Gets To Work

The New York City Police Department has been assigned its first Inspector General, who will oversee the department’s practices. Philip Eure was appointed at the behest of Mayor de Blasio, who has put a focus on police-community relations since taking office in January. The new I.G. will report directly to a confidante of the mayor.

Eure’s new position has raised questions about the ways in which his office will deal with the Police Department, an already in-place federal monitor, and the new mayor.

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Graffiti Complaints Up 14% in Manhattan; Brooklyn Gets Less Graffiti, More Tickets

spring 2014 #2 103New York City residents are filing more graffiti complaints this year compared to last year. Overall, complaints of graffiti have gone up 5% Citywide, according to the New York Post.

Police statistics show that New Yorkers filed 211 more graffiti complaints this year compared with last year. That’s about a 5 percent spike citywide, from 3,956 to 4,167. In Manhattan South, from Battery Park to 59th Street, there were 453 complaints this year as opposed to 398 — up nearly 14 percent. Read more »

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NYPD Announces Weeklong Crackdown In Implementing Vision Zero

The NYPD announced Sunday night it will embark on a 7-day traffic enforcement operation across the City of New York.

The operation is part of the NYPD’s effort to reduce traffic collisions and conditions that cause serious and fatal accidents. The initiative begins at 12:00am on Monday, May 26th, throughout Sunday, June 1st.

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UPDATED: Missing Orthodox Jewish Student From NJ Found In Queens

UPDATE 1:20pm: Aron was located at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway in stable condition, law enforcement officials told JP.

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The NYPD and Princeton NJ police department are asking the public for assistance in helping them locate 22-year-old Aron Berger, who has been missing since Monday.

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Manhattan – Cab Driver Who Struck & Killed Jewish Boy Will Not Be Prosecuted

The cab driver who hit and killed a 9-year-old Manhattan boy in January won’t be prosecuted, the NY Post has learned.

Dana Lerner, the mother of little Cooper Stock, told the Post that District Attorney Cy Vance said that no criminal charges would be filed against cabbie Koffi Komlani, who struck and killed her son on the Upper West Side after he failed to yield in January. Stock was walking hand-in-hand with his dad in a cross walk when he was struck.

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NYC – Cab Driver Suspended By TLC For Wearing Nazi Swastika Armband

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Courtesy of Gothamist

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on Friday commended the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) for its response to allegations that a taxicab driver operated his taxicab while brandishing a Nazi armband with a swastika.

After receiving complaints from the public, ADL expressed concern to the TLC, which subsequently suspended the driver’s operator’s license for 30 days after he pleaded guilty to violating commission rules. Read more »

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