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IG Report: NYPD Body Cameras Should Record All Interactions

IG Report: NYPD Body Cameras Should Record All Interactions
Before the NYPD moves forward with its body camera program for officers, the department's inspector general wants his own say on how the program should be expanded. In December, the NYPD outfitted 54 of its officers with body cameras in six precincts. In the first examination of this pilot program, the inspector general is urging One Police Plaza to broaden its standard for when officers should record interactions with the public. The inspector general's report suggests officers record all street encounters or all investigative ...

Police: Escapee Still Cooperating A Month After Capture (1 opinions)

Police: Escapee Still Cooperating A Month After CaptureThe New York state police major who led the manhunt for two killers who broke out of a prison said the surviving escapee is still cooperating with investigators a month after his capture. Maj. Charles Guess says Wednesday every interview with David Sweat so far has been fruitful and he expects more as the investigation continues. Sweat and Richard Matt broke out of Clinton Correctional Facility in northern New York on June 6. Matt was shot and killed by searchers June 26. Sweat was shot and captured two days later. Sweat began giving ...    Full Story »

Excessive Heat Warning Remains For Parts Of New Jersey (2 opinions)

Excessive Heat Warning Remains For Parts Of New JerseyThunderstorms are expected to punctuate the hazy, hot and humid conditions that continue to blanket New Jersey. An excessive heat warning remains in effect until 6 p.m. Thursday for Mercer, Gloucester, Camden and northwest Burlington counties. Forecasters say the heat and humidity will combine to make it feel like it is 100 degrees. Some thunderstorms and heavy rain are expected to cool things down a bit. They could also cause flooding in poor drainage areas. The National Weather Service says temperatures are likely to remain in ...    Full Story »

Court Nixes Release Of New York Chokehold Death Testimony

Court Nixes Release Of New York Chokehold Death TestimonyA New York appeals court says the public can't see the testimony a grand jury heard before declining to indict a white police officer in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man. A state Supreme Court Appellate Division panel ruled Wednesday. A lower-court judge declined in March to release the testimony following Eric Garner's death, citing longstanding principles of grand jury secrecy. City Public Advocate Letitia James and legal groups say they'll keep fighting to make the information public. They say people need a clearer view of ...    Full Story »

De Blasio Urges New Yorkers To Be Careful During Heat Wave

De Blasio Urges New Yorkers To Be Careful During Heat WaveMayor Bill de Blasio is warning New Yorkers to take precautions during the heat wave that has gripped the nation’s largest city. The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory through 8 p.m. Thursday. De Blasio on Wednesday urged New Yorkers to hydrate and check on vulnerable neighbors like the elderly and those with medical conditions. He said that the city would open 500 cooling centers and extend public pools’ hours. He also urged New Yorkers to use their air conditioners in moderation for fear of putting a strain ...    Full Story »

Brooklyn: Four Teens Robbed At Gunpoint In Marine Park (4 opinions)

Brooklyn: Four Teens Robbed At Gunpoint In Marine ParkThe NYPD is asking the public's assistance identifying the suspects wanted for robbery in Marine Park. Details are as follows: On Monday, July 27, 2015, at 10:40PM, the four victims, two 15-year-old males, a 16-year-old male and an 18-year-old male, where hanging out in Marine park when the three suspects, one armed with a gun, approached them and demanded their property. The victims complied and the suspects fled with two iPhones, a debit card, identification and an undetermined amount of money. There were no reported injuries. The ...    Full Story »

Off-Duty NYPD Officer Shot In Arm In Brooklyn

Off-Duty NYPD Officer Shot In Arm In BrooklynAn off-duty New York Police Department officer has been wounded in a shooting. It happened around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday in Brooklyn. Police say the 33-year-old officer was shot in the right arm and suffered a graze wound to the torso. He was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. He's listed in stable condition. Police say the shooting occurred during an armed robbery on Bradford Street in the East New York section. Further details were not immediately available. There have been no arrests. The investigation is ...    Full Story »

Feds Seek Meeting With Christie, Cuomo Over Rail Tunnels (1 opinions)

Feds Seek Meeting With Christie, Cuomo Over Rail TunnelsThe U.S. transportation secretary wants to meet with the governors of New Jersey and New York to discuss stalled plans for new Hudson River rail tunnels. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx sent a letter Monday to Governors Chris Christie of New Jersey and Andrew Cuomo of New York urging them to meet with him in the next two weeks to put together a strategy for building new crossings. The letter comes after a series of train delays for New Jersey Transit riders. Foxx is requesting the governors discuss their states' roles in a ...    Full Story »

NY Prison Worker Joyce Mitchell Pleads Guilty In Escape of Two Killers (2 opinions)

NY Prison Worker Joyce Mitchell Pleads Guilty In Escape of Two KillersA New York prison employee has pleaded guilty to helping two killers escape last month. Joyce Mitchell, a tailor shop instructor at Clinton Correctional Facility, was jailed shortly after Richard Matt and David Sweat escaped on June 6. Matt was shot and killed three weeks later. Sweat was captured and sent to another prison. Mitchell admitted providing hacksaw blades, chisels, a punch tool and a screwdriver to Matt. Authorities say she agreed to be their getaway driver but backed out at the last moment. Mitchell was in court Tuesday ...    Full Story »

Suspect Arrested By NYPD After Escaping From Police Precinct

Suspect Arrested By NYPD After Escaping From Police PrecinctPolice say a drug suspect who escaped from a New York City police station last week has been recaptured. Arthur Collins was arrested Monday and charged with escaping jail. Police say the 57-year-old took off from a stationhouse in Harlem Friday evening. He had been arrested earlier in the day after officers found him in a Madison Avenue apartment building without permission. They say he had cocaine, heroin, marijuana and a firearms silencer. Police say he escaped while the officers were processing his arrest. (AP)

Governor Cuomo Announces New LaGuardia Airport (1 opinions)

Governor Cuomo Announces New LaGuardia AirportGov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday introduced a plan to redesign and rebuild LaGuardia airport, replacing the cramped, outdated hub with a unified terminal that will have more than double the operational space for airliners. "Welcome to the new LaGuardia Airport," Cuomo said. "This is what New Yorkers deserve and have deserved for a long time. And now we're going to get it." He said the current airport is a collection of cramped terminals with high volume and low ceilings, and is "un-New York." "It's slow, it's dated, it has a terrible ...    Full Story »

NYC Mayor: 400,000 People Have Obtained Municipal ID Cards (2 opinions)

NYC Mayor: 400,000 People Have Obtained Municipal ID CardsMayor Bill de Blasio says about 400,000 people have obtained New York City's municipal ID card since the program was rolled out six months ago. The card is useful for the elderly, homeless and immigrants who lack legal documentation. It also offers free access to cultural institutions. De Blasio gave the update Monday at the Museum of Natural History. He says the ID promotes a powerful message: that New York is "a city for everyone." In June, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon applied for a card of his own, saying it ...    Full Story »

Cedarhurst: Man Tries Luring 5-Year-Old Girl Into Car - Police Increase Patrols In Area (1 opinions)

Cedarhurst: Man Tries Luring 5-Year-Old Girl Into Car - Police Increase Patrols In AreaThe Nassau County Police Department is looking for a man driving in a Black Infiniti who tried to lure a 5-year-old girl into his car Thursday on Marlborough Rd in Cedarhurst. The police have increased their frequency of patrols in the area and will continue doing so until this man is behind bars. The Fourth Precinct strongly encourages all residents to report any suspicious activity or information that would help identify this suspect by calling 911. (YWN Desk - NYC)

Judge Rejects Ex-NY Assembly Speaker Silver's Bid To Toss Charges (3 opinions)

Judge Rejects Ex-NY Assembly Speaker Silver's Bid To Toss ChargesA judge has rejected former New York state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's latest bid to toss out corruption charges against him. Federal Judge Valerie Caproni in Manhattan ruled Friday that prosecutors have sufficiently described charges in an indictment brought against Silver after his January arrest. Silver's lawyers say they're reviewing the ruling and are looking forward to a trial, which they say will clear his name. Prosecutors say the case involves bribes and kickbacks. The judge says she's not buying the defense's depiction ...    Full Story »

Judge Orders Release Of Misconduct Findings In NYPD-Garner Case

Judge Orders Release Of Misconduct Findings In NYPD-Garner CaseA judge has ordered the release of a summary of misconduct findings against the New York City police officer who held Eric Garner in a fatal chokehold. The New York Times says state Supreme Court Justice Alice Schlesinger granted a freedom of information request from the Legal Aid Society. The ruling was released late Wednesday. Legal Aid had asked for the number of complaints against Officer Daniel Pantaleo that had been substantiated by the Civilian Complaint Review Board. It sued the city after the board refused the request. The ...    Full Story »

LaGuardia Terminal C Outage Causes Dozens of Cancellations Friday Morning

LaGuardia Terminal C Outage Causes Dozens of Cancellations Friday MorningA major power outage at LaGuardia Airport's Terminal C has caused dozens of flight cancellations. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesman Steve Coleman says 45 flights were cancelled and five were delayed at the Delta terminal after power went out at 4:30 a.m. Friday. He says the FAA is reporting Delta delays of approximately 2 hours. The outage occurred when a contractor accidentally cut two electric feeders that serve a portion of Terminal C. Power was restored to the terminal jet bridges as of 8:30 a.m. They're the ...    Full Story »

Cuomo: Conviction Of NY Lawmaker A 'Sad Personal Tragedy'

Cuomo: Conviction Of NY Lawmaker A 'Sad Personal Tragedy'New York's governor says the conviction of the second-ranking Republican in the state Senate is a "sad, sad personal tragedy." Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday on public radio's "Capital Pressroom" that Sen. Thomas Libous made a mistake but was a "quality public servant" for many years. A federal jury found Libous guilty of lying to the FBI about arranging a high-paying job for his son. The Binghamton Republican who had served as deputy majority leader automatically lost his seat upon being convicted. Cuomo says he's worked to pass ...    Full Story »

Bratton Says He Can't Serve 2 Terms As NYPD Commissioner

Bratton Says He Can't Serve 2 Terms As NYPD CommissionerNew York City police Commissioner William Bratton says he can’t serve two terms — even if Mayor Bill de Blasio is re-elected. Bratton said Thursday that he would not be commissioner for 6½ years, in part because he would be 75 years old. De Blasio said Bratton is doing a great job and can serve as long as it feels right for him. Bratton was speaking at a panel held by the website City & State. He said he and de Blasio have been setting goals for the next “several” years. Bratton took the helm in 2014 amid calls for ...    Full Story »

VIDEO AND PHOTOS: Assemblyman Dov Hikind Getting Arrested While Protesting The Iran Deal In Front Of Senator Schumer's Office (25 opinions)

VIDEO AND PHOTOS: Assemblyman Dov Hikind Getting Arrested While Protesting The Iran Deal In Front Of Senator Schumer's Office[VIDEO & PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Today, along with 8 others, Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) was arrested by the New York Police Department in an act of civil disobedience calling on Senator Charles Schumer (D-New York) to publicly oppose the Iran deal and to commit to leading the fight to stop it in Congress. Hikind was arrested as the group protested and chanted in front of Senator Schumer’s office, calling on him to “Chuck the deal.” “We have been called on to act and now is not the time to remain silent,” remarked ...    Full Story »
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