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.
NBC weatherman Al Roker might be right when he tweeted that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was a one-term mayor. The NY Daily News reports that his approval rating has taken a nosedive and a racial divide has developed in the Big Apple. That’s according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.
The Quinnipiac University poll, which was released Tuesday, found that 45% of voters approve of the job de Blasio’s doing and 34% disapprove, the NY Daily News reports. That’s compared to a 53% approval and 13% disapproval in a Jan. 16 Quinnipiac University poll.
The latest poll also found a racial divide, with 39% of white voters approving of de Blasio’s performance, while 45% disapprove. Black voters give him a 60% approval rating, with only 22% disapproving.
Carmen Tanco, 67, was in her apartment in Harlem at 1644 Park Avenue at the time of the explosion, News 12 reports. The family started frantically searching for her when she didn’t show up to work, News 12 reports.
Sgt. Griselde Camacho, the public safety officer at Hunter College was identified earlier as one of the victims of the explosion. Rosaura Hernandez-Barrios, 22, was also killed in the explosion. The death toll has risen to seven. Two men and a woman have not yet been identified. A seventh body was recovered Thursday morning. It’s not clear if that victim was male or female. Nearly 70 people were injured, including children. There are still people missing.
East Harlem Explosion: Hunter College president Jennifer Raab released a statement on the death of public safety officer Sgt. Griselde Camacho, who was killed in an explosion that rocked a New York City’s East Harlem neighborhood. The statement reads, “We have lost a member of the Hunter family.”
Griselde was a well-liked member of our community, a respected officer and a welcoming presence at our Silberman building. Our deepest sympathies go out to her family, and we are committed to doing everything we can to support them in their time of great emotional need.
We also know this is a difficult time for all those who knew and worked with Sergeant Camacho. All of you will be in our thoughts in the days ahead.
We will update you with additional information about memorial services and ways in which we will honor her memory and her service to Hunter.
It is believed that the cause of explosion was the water main collapsing onto building gas line. Three people were killed and nearly 70, including children, injured. The second victim has been identified as Carmen Tanco. The identity of the third has not been disclosed. The explosion occurred at 1644 Park Avenue.
Former Gracie Mansion chef Mitchel London is upset that the city’s new first lady, Chirlane McCray, called him a ‘servant.’ He told the New York Post, “Nobody in this industry uses that word.”"If that’s the way she thinks, and clearly it is, because she came up with that word.”
London speculated, ”Maybe Ms. de Blasio is watching too much Downton Abbey.”
Chirlane McCray drew criticism on Tuesday when she insisted to a New York Times reporter that there would “there will not be a servant living [in the Gracie Mansion attic].” Mitchel London lived in the attic while working as a chef for then-mayor Ed Koch. He said he was stunned when told of McCray’s comments.
Mayor de Blasio responded: ”I respect Al Roker a lot, watched him on TV for many years.” “It’s a different thing to run a city than to give weather on TV.” He also said, “I respect all the meteorologists out there, but the one I respect the most is called the National Weather Service.”
This comes after Al Roker blasted Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed for their mishandling of the mid-January snowstorm that led to a massive gridlock in the metropolitan area.
— Al Roker (@alroker) February 13, 2014
SHOCK: News 12 Long Island anchor Judy Martin was found dead inside her Halesite home Friday, police said. The cause of death has not been disclosed by police don’t suspect foul play.
Judy Martin, an Emmy award winner, began working at News 12 in 1988. She covered news events from postwar Kosovo to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks as well as Hurricane Andrew and the 1990 crash of Avianca Flight 52 on Long Island.
In 25 years in broadcast news, she worked for Marketplace Report, NPR, CNBC Business Radio, World Vision Report and BBC Radio 3, according to her website, worklifenation.com, where she wrote about balancing work and life. An accredited yoga teacher, she gave workshops on stress management and released a CD on meditation.
News 12 reported on its website that Martin was “spiritual, one of a kind, had a great sense of humor and loved her job.”
News 12 is owned by Cablevision, as is Newsday. Source: NY Newsday
TRAGEDY: John Verrier, 30, was found dead in the emergency room at St. Barnabas Hospital after an eight-hour wait last Sunday. He went to the hospital to get a rash checked out about 10 p.m. last Sunday night. A security guard found his body around 6:40 a.m. Monday morning.
ABC News reports a hospital employee said “He was found stiff, blue and cold.”"He died because [there's] not enough staff to take care of the number of patients we see each day.”"We need more staff at Saint Barnabas.”
The NY Post reports John Verrier’s vital signs were taken when he first got to the hospital and was then told to wait for a doctor to see him. Hospital spokesman Steve Clark told the NY Post that Verrier’s name was called “two or three times” between his arrival and 2 a.m. A security guard reportedly passed through the waiting room at about 2 a.m. to wake up the homeless people who slept there and claims John Verrier was “moving.” He was later found deceased when the security guard passed around again.
The hospital maintains that “all guidelines were met,” but a hospital worker who spoke with ABC News begs to differ, saying nobody was really checking on John Verrier: ”There’s no policy in place to check the waiting room to see if people waiting to be seen are still there or still alive.” The same worker said John Verrier’s name was called three times over the public address system, but “based on the number of people in the waiting room it is impossible to check on each person physically.”