Sabrina Cammock, Syracuse Track Athlete, Found Dead in Times Square Hotel

Sabrina Cammock, Syracuse Track Athlete, Found Dead in Times Square Hotel

Sabrina Cammock, Syracuse Track Athlete, Found Dead in Times Square Hotel (Photo Credit: Facebook)

Sabrina Cammock, a 21-year-old Syracuse University track athlete, was found dead in a Times Square hotel room after a night of partying with friends.

Cammock, of St. Albans, was found dead inside her room at the Hotel Edison on W. 47th Street near Eighth Avenue on Saturday morning.

She was sharing the room with her friends when she found found deceased.

Police say there were no signs of trauma and no drugs were found in the room. An autopsy has been scheduled to find the cause of Sabrina Cammock’s death.

Sabrina Cammock was a public health major at Syracuse University’s David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, according to the college’s website.

Cammock was a member of the women’s track and field team, where she ran 60-meter to 400-meter sprints.

Ellen Brody ID’d as Driver of Stalled SUV Causing Horrific Metro North Train Crash

Ellen Brody ID'd as Driver of Stalled SUV Causing Horrific Metro North Train Crash

Ellen Brody ID’d as Driver of Stalled SUV Causing Horrific Metro North Train Crash (Photo Credit: Facebook)

Married mother-of-three Ellen Brody, 49, was identified as the person driving the SUV which stalled on the tracks causing the horrific crash with a Metro-North train.

Eric Vandercar, 53, senior managing director at Mesirow Financial, and Walter Liedtke, 69, curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art were also killed in the crash.

Six people were killed and more than a dozen injured as the train struck the stalled car in Mount Pleasant, NY, during rush hour on Tuesday.

 

2 NYPD Officers Shot in Bronx ID’d as Andrew Dossi and Aliro Pellerano

Video of Suspect Released After 2 NYPD Officers Shot in the Bronx

Video of Suspect Released After 2 NYPD Officers Shot in the Bronx

Two NYPD officers were shot last night, one in critical condition, responding to a robbery at the Welcome 2 Yemen deli in the Tremont section of the Bronx late Monday night.

The NYPD has released a video of one of the suspects wanted in the shootings. A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest of the suspect and his accomplice.

“Officer Andrew Dossi, 30, was shot in the arm and back, while Officer Aliro Pellerano, 38, was shot in the arm and abdoment at about 10:30 p.m. in Fordham Heights,” the New York Daily News reports. Both men are expected to recover from their injuries.

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said Officer Dossi is in critical but stable condition. The officers, who were in plainclothes, were assigned to the 46th Precinct’s five-person anti-crime unit, Bratton said.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, who visited the officers last night, decried the shooting. He said, “This is another indicator of the dangers that all officers face in the line of duty. We depend on them to keep this whole city safe.”

NYPD Arrests Down 66% Following Execution of Rafael Ramos, Wenjian Liu

NYPD Arrests Down 66% Following Execution of Rafael Ramos, Wenjian Liu

NYPD Arrests Down 66% Following Execution of Rafael Ramos, Wenjian Liu (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Report:  NYPD arrests are down 66 percent compared to the same time last year, following the murders of Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu by Ismaaiyl Brinsley.

Arrests for minor offenses have also fallen 94 percent. Drug-related arrests are also down 84 percent. Parking violations fell by 92 percent, from 14,699 to 1,241, the NY Post report.

The New York Post reports that the drop in activity is mostly due to safety concerns.

 

 

Commissioner Bill Bratton Says Officers Turning Backs on de Blasio “Inappropriate”

Commissioner Bill Bratton Says Officers Turning Backs on de Blasio "Inappropriate"

Commissioner Bill Bratton Says Officers Turning Backs on de Blasio “Inappropriate” (Photo Credit: MTP Video Screengrab)

Finally…NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton slams officers for turning backs on Mayor Bill de Blasio as he eulogized officer Rafael Ramos during his funeral on Saturday, saying it was “very inappropriate.”

“I think it was very inappropriate at that event. That funeral was held to honor Officer Ramos, and to bring politics or to bring issues into that event, I think was very inappropriate, and I do not support it,” he said during an appearance on “Face the Nation.”

During an appearance on “Meet the Press,” Bratton spoke about the conflict between de Blasio and the NYPD. He said,, “I think it’s probably a rift that’s going to go on for a while longer.”

Bratton added, “The issues go far beyond the race relations in this city. They involve labor contracts, a lot of history in this city that’s really different from some of what’s going on in the country as a whole…There’s a whole series of local issues that are impacting our ability to move forward.”

“But we will be making that effort. We have to make that effort. We have no other recourse,” Bratton said.

Former mayor Rudy Giuliani also weighed in. He condemned the police statement during an appearance on “Face the Nation.” He said, “The mayor is not in any way to be treated with people turning their backs. Doesn’t matter if you like the mayor or you don’t like the mayor; you have to respect the mayor’s position.”

Commissioner Bill Bratton on Face the Nation

Hundreds of NYPD Officers Turn Backs As Mayor de Blasio Spoke at Rafael Ramos Funeral

Officers Turn Backs As Mayor de Blasio Eulogized Rafael Ramos

Officers Turn Backs As Mayor de Blasio Eulogized Rafael Ramos

INSUBORDINATION: It is utterly despicable that some of the New York Police Department officers turned their backs as Mayor Bill de Blasio eulogized fallen officer Rafael Ramos. Their actions are disrespectful. Too bad they didn’t seem to hear what Vice President Joe Biden and Gov. Andrew Cuomo said about they NYPD.

The show of disrespect comes as Police Commissioner Bill Bratton posthumously promotes officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu to detectives, 1st grade. He also posthumously appoints Rafael Ramos as honorary department chaplain for 84th precinct.

It seems to be an irreparable breach between the police and Mayor Bill de Blasio. I cannot recall a time that I have ever seen so many officers turn their backs on their mayor. It is absolutely shameful. The cops who turned their backs on de Blasio are engaging in intimidation. They should be fired.

Here’s the reaction on Twitter:

Wenjian Liu & Rafael Ramos ID’d as NYPD Cops Killed by Ismaaiyl Brinsley

Wenjian Liu & Rafael Ramos ID'd as NYPD Cops Killed by Ismaaiyl Brinsley

Wenjian Liu & Rafael Ramos ID’d as NYPD Cops Killed by Ismaaiyl Brinsley

BREAKING:  @CommissBratton identified the assassinated officers as Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos. He said they may have never even seen their attacker. The shootings were a reprisal for the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. The officers were in a Critical Response Vehicle (CRV) because of the area they had been in.

Ismaaiyl Brinsley approached the patrol car on the passenger side. He took a shooting stance and fired on the car, hitting both officers in the head. The suspect fled and then ran into a subway station and took his life on the platform of the G train.

Brinsley had critically wounded his girlfriend earlier this morning in Baltimore. The Baltimore police learned Brinsley had a connection to Brooklyn. They notified the NYPD via fax, but it was too late.

The NY Daily News reports Ismaaiyl Brinsley may have had a connection to the “cop-hating” Black Guerilla Family.

One source said Baltimore police were already investigating Brinsley’s connection to the gang, which started in California’s San Quentin Prison in the 1960s by Black Panther member George Jackson.

“BGF has been talking about getting back at cops for Eric Garner and Ferguson,” a source told The News, citing intelligence intercepted in Baltimore area prisons.

Attorney General Eric Holder issued the following statement:  “This was an unspeakable act of barbarism… This cowardly attack underscores the dangers that are routinely faced by those who protect and serve their fellow citizens. As a nation we must not forget this as we discuss the events of the recent past… Our nation must always honor the valor – and the sacrifices – of all law enforcement officers with a steadfast commitment to keeping them safe.” — via @ZekeJMiller

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on Officers Liu and Ramos’ shooting: ‘When police officers are murdered, it tears at the foundation of our society. This heinous attack was an attack on our entire city’ – @BilldeBlasio

Ismaaiyl Brinsley ID’d as Gunman In “Execution-Style” Murders of 2 NYPD Cops

Ismaaiyl Brinsley ID'd as Gunman In "Execution-Style" Murders of 2 NYPD Cops

Ismaaiyl Brinsley ID’d as Gunman In “Execution-Style” Murders of 2 NYPD Cops (Photo Credit: Facebook)

NY Daily News:  “Ismaaiyl Brinsley fired at the officers in their squad car outside of the Tompkins Houses in Bedford-Stuyvesant sources said. Hours earlier, Brinsley reportedly shot his girlfriend in Baltimore and boasted in social media about wanting to kill cops. Both officers later died at Woodhull Hospital.”

Ismaaiyl Brinsley bragged about his desire to kill cops in the hours leading up to the shooting of the officers outside the Tompkins Houses in Bedford-Stuyvesant. The shooting was retaliation for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

Two NYPD cops were executed Saturday after a gang member from Baltimore drove to the city to kill police officers after wounding his girlfriend, sources told the Daily News.

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“I’m Putting Wings On Pigs Today. They Take 1 Of Ours…Let’s Take 2 of Theirs,” Brinsley wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of a silver handgun and a series of hashtags referencing the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. Source: NY Daily News

NY1 reports Rev. Al Sharpton released a statement saying “that he has been in contact with Eric Garner’s family, and that they are outraged. He added, “We have stressed at every rally and march that anyone engaged in any violence is an enemy to the pursuit of justice for Eric Garner and Michael Brown. We have been criticized at National Action Network for not allowing rhetoric or chanting of violence and would abruptly denounce it at all of our gatherings. The Garner family and I have always stressed that we do not believe that all police are bad, in fact we have stressed that most police are not bad.””

Ismaaiyl Brinsley’s eerie last Facebook post:

Ismaaiyl Brinsley killed 2 NYPD cops as revenge for Michael Brown, Eric Garner deaths

Ismaaiyl Brinsley killed 2 NYPD cops as revenge for Michael Brown, Eric Garner deaths

 

2 NYPD Officers Shot “Execution Style” in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Suspect Commits Suicide

2 NYPD Officers Shot in Brooklyn, 1 in Critical Condition, Suspect Arrested

2 NYPD Officers Shot “Execution Style” In Bedford-Stuyvesant, Suspect Commits Suicide (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

NYPD OFFICERS SHOT:  Two NYPD officers were shot “execution style” in Bedford-Stuyvesant while they were in their patrol car. Witnesses said the gunman walked up behind the car and opened fire as revenge for Eric Garner chokehold death by Officer Daniel Pantaleo.

The shooting comes as protesters turn out around the country to decry police brutality cases.

The NY Daily News reports the suspect fired on the officers as they sat in their patrol car outside the Tompkins Houses on Myrtle and Tompkins avenues at about 3 p.m. on Saturday. Both officers were taken to Woodhull Hospital.

The suspect “ambushed” the officers and then fled the scene. A foot chase with police ensued and he was apprehended at a subway station. He was later pronounced deceased. It is not clear if he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The NY Post is reporting that both officers are dead.

DOJ Finds “Culture of Violence” Against Teen Inmates at Rikers Island

DOJ Report Finds "Culture of Violence" Against Teens at Rikers Island

DOJ Report Finds “Culture of Violence” Against Teens at Rikers Island

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.

Rikers Island Inquiry Finds a Culture of Violence Against Teens