Two NYPD officers were shot, one critical, in Bedford-Stuyvesant while they were in in their patrol car. A suspect is reportedly in police custody. The shooting comes as protesters turn out around the country to decry police brutality cases.
US Attorney in Manhattan, Preet Bharara, released the results of an inquiry that found a “culture of violence” against teen inmates at New York City’s Rikers Island. Bharara said, “Rikers Island is a broken institution.” The report found that teens are not adequately protected against violence from other inmates or staff, the Department of Justice reported on Monday.
Bharara said, “There is a pattern and practice of conduct at Rikers that violates the constitutional rights of adolescent inmates.” The findings were the result of a two-year investigation by his office into the treatment of inmates ages 16 to 18, “most of whom have not yet been convicted of a crime, and about half of whome have been diagnosed with a mental illness.”
He said teens are subjected to “a place where brute force is the first impulse rather than the last.”
Correction officers cover for each other and lied on reports, despite surveillance video and medical evidence directly contradicting their claims, the report states. The investigation also found that more than 30 percent of the time, surveillance footage that should have captured altercations, mysteriously disappear.
Key findings from DOJ’s Rikers Island investigation:
- In FY 2012, there were 517 reported staff use of force incidents in an average daily adolescent population of 791 in the Robert N. Davoren Center and Eric M. Taylor Center, the two facilities that house the most adolescents. These incidents resulted in 1,059 injuries.
- In FY 2013, there were 565 reported staff use of force incidents in an average daily population at these same two facilities of 682, resulting in 1,057 injuries.
- In FY 2013, there were 845 reported inmate-on-inmate fights involving adolescents in the RNDC and EMTC. This marked an increase from the 795 reported fights in FY 2012.
- During the period April 2012 through April 2013, adolescents sustained a total of 754 visible injuries, according to DOHMH data.
- Adolescents in RNDC and EMTC sustained a total of 96 suspected fractures from September 2011 through August 2012, according to DOHMH data.
- In FY 2013, adolescents were taken to get emergency medical services 459 times.
- In FY 2013, there were 1,118 emergency alarms in the RNDC and EMTC adolescent housing areas, or on average more than three alarms each day.
The investigation found that force is used against teen inmates at a shocking rate and “violent inmate-on-inmate fights and assaults are commonplace.” Those fights have resulted in a large number of serious injured. The DOJ also found correction officers resort to “headshots, meaning blows to an inmate’s head or facial area, too frequently.”
Correction commissioner Joe Ponte said, “since joining the Department of Correction in April, I have made it clear that excessive use of force, unnecessary or unwarranted use of punitive segregation and corruption of any kind are absolutely unacceptable, and will not be tolerated under my watch.” He also said he was committed to correcting these problems. The DOJ’s report was sent to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. This is another black mark on the city’s law enforcement community.
The NYPD is in the news again. A nearly naked Brooklyn woman, Denise Stewart, was dragged from apartment and handcuffed by 12 NYPD officers, according to a video obtained by the New York Daily News. This comes one day after the medical examiner’s office ruled the death of Staten Island resident, Eric Garner, a homicide and that a chokehold by a NYPD officer was the cause.
The NY Daily News reports, police officers entered Stewart’s apartment at 11:45 p.m. on July 13. She opened the door wearing only a towel and told officers they had the wrong apartment. At that point, they pulled her into the hallway and attempted to handcuff her. During the scuffle the towel fell off and she was left wearing only her underwear.
Stewart can be seen in the video being held against the wall by the officers, while they attempted to handcuff her. She is reportedly asthmatic and can be heard saying, “oxygen, get my oxygen” before she fainted and fell to the floor.
The NYPD received a 911 call to the building but did not have an apartment number. They heard shouting coming from Denise Stewart’s apartment, knocked and then attempted to enter. They noticed that Stewart’s 12-year-old daughter had “visible injuries” on her face. She told the officers her mother and her older sister beat her with a belt. The girl refused to be removed from the apartment. She reportedly kicked out one of the windows of the police car and kicked the door. Broken glass from the window injured one of the cops, the NYPD said.
Stewart’s lawyer, Amy Rameau, told the NY Daily News that police went to the wrong apartment.
Denise Stewart was charged with assaulting a police officer. She and her 20-year-old daughter, Diamond Stewart, were charged with resisting arrest, criminal possession of a weapon and acting in a manner injurious to a child. Her 23-year-old son, Kirkland Stewart, was also charged with resisting arrest. Her 12-year-old daughter was charged with assaulting a police officer, criminal mischief and criminal possession of a weapon.
A NYPD officer has been accused of putting a seven-months pregnant woman, Rosan Miller, in a chokehold on Saturday for illegally grilling on the sidewalk in front of her Brooklyn apartment.
Miller’s husband, Moses, was charged with resisting arrest and obstruction, while his brother, John Miller, was charged with harassment and obstruction of justice.
Rosan Miller was given a citation for disorderly conduct.
The New York City Police Department has launched an investigation into the incident.
The New York City Police Department is in the news again. Another officer has been placed on desk duty. Officer Joel Edouard was placed on desk duty for allegedly stomping Jahmiel Cuffee in the head after cops saw him rolling a marijuana joint on a Bedford-Stuyvesant street in Brooklyn. Thankfully, a spectator video-taped the entire incident.
Jahmiel Cuffee, who was charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and marijuana possession, was taken to a local hospital with neck and head injuries.
Officer Joel Edouard is the second NYPD officer in July to be placed on desk duty. Officer Daniel Pantaleo was placed on desk duty after he put Eric Garner in a chokehold on July 17 in Staten Island. Garner was laid to rest earlier this week.
GUN VIOLENCE: Cameron Waithe, 54, walked into C&A Iron Works looking for a job on Monday, and when he didn’t get it, he shot two employees before turning the gun on himself, PIX 11 reports.
Cameron Waithe shot Oscar Ramirez in the stomach, and 66-year-old Armando Tapia. He then barricaded himself for hours in an office.
NYPD negotiator Lt. Jack Cambria said Waithe agreed to give up his car kesy and a bomb-like device during the talks. He then shot himself.
Oscar Ramirez is listed in critical condition at Lutheran Medical Center, while Armando Tapia is in stable condition.
Police said Cameron Waithe had a criminal history that included assault, resisting arrest and criminal possession of marijuana.
SHOCK: Aniya Tinglin and her half-brother, Jai’Launi, both four, were killed after a fire broke out at a home in Queens, NY. The fire reportedly began in the basement of th ehome.
A family friend said the children and their family were visiting New York from Jamaica.
Aniya and Jai’Launi were pronounced dead at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, authorities said. Another 4-year-old girl, Jai’Launi’s twin sister, was taken to the same hospital, but is listed in stable condition, New York City Fire Department spokesman Khalid Baylor said.
An investigation into the cause of the fire has been launched.
In a series of articles that began in August 2011, the AP documented that police had systematically spied on Muslim neighborhoods, listened in on sermons, infiltrated colleges and photographed law-abiding residents as part of a broad effort to watch communities where terror cells might operate. Individuals and groups were monitored even when there was no evidence they were linked to terrorism or crime.
The investigation revealed that then-police Commissioner Ray Kelly had brought in a CIA official to help develop an intelligence division unlike that of any other U.S. police department. It assigned people called rakers to ethnic neighborhoods, infiltrating enterprises ranging from booksellers to cafes, and people called mosque crawlers to Muslim houses of worship.
The tactics disclosed by the series stirred debate over whether the NYPD was infringing on the civil rights of Muslims and illegally engaging in religious and ethnic profiling. Hundreds of Muslims staged rallies to protest the spying, and the disclosures prompted more than a dozen religious leaders to boycott then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s annual interfaith breakfast. Source: NJ.com
SHOCK: A birthday celebration for Crystal Gravely turns deadly after she and three friends died after their car skidded on a rain-slicked road and plunged into a Queens creek, trapping them inside Friday night.
The driver of the vehicle, identified as Andrew Gramm, managed to escape the sinking vehicle and called 911 after swimming ashore. Help arrived too late for Crystal Gravely, who would have turned 20 on Saturday; Darius Fletcher, 21, Jada Monique Butts, 19; and Jaleel Furtado, 20.
All four were pronounced dead at local hospitals.
Here we go again, another near-riot over Nike sneakers. This time the NYPD shutdown a Supreme x Nike Air Foamposite 1 sale at Supreme on Lafayette Street in Soho over public safety concerns.
Hundreds of people waited in line to get their hands on the new release of sneakers that led to the people being maced by cops, the NY Post reports.
The Supreme x Nike Air Foamposites are expected to resell for as much as $1,000 a pair, four times the $250 price tag, the NY Post reports.