by on May 19, 2018
A Buffalo business executive who is a defendant in a federal case involving the alleged bid-rigging of massive upstate development projects pled guilty Friday afternoon and agreed to cooperate with the government. Kevin Schuler, a former executive at the Buffalo development firm LPCiminelli, pleaded guilty before before U.S. District Court Judge Valerie Caproni in Manhattan. Schuler pleaded guilty to wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Prosecutors agreed to dismiss a bribery charg...
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by on May 18, 2018
To little fanfare, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill on Wednesday to create a new penalty for assaulting law enforcement officials. If it becomes law, the Protect and Serve Act of 2018 would make it a federal crime, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, for “knowingly caus[ing] serious bodily injury to a law enforcement officer, or attempts to do so.” Similar so-called “Blue Lives Matter” bills have been snaking their way through state legislatures across the cou...
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by on May 18, 2018
STATE SENATE CANDIDATE ZELLNOR MYRIE. PHOTO FROM MYRIE CAMPAIGN WEBSITE A Brooklyn State Senate candidate is demanding the New York Police Department (NYPD) to implement criminal justice reforms recommended in a federal court-appointed facilitator report. Democratic State Senate Candidate Zellnor Myrie State Sen. Jesse Hamilton Zellnor Myrie, who challenging incumbent State Sen. Jesse Hamilton (D-Central Brooklyn) in the upcoming Sept. 13 Democratic primary, called for th...
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by on May 18, 2018
The split among Democrats over whether to support a narrow bill or push for sentencing reductions spilled into the open on Friday. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries wrote that some of his opponents’ criticisms of the bill are “without any basis in reality” and are a “litany of falsehoods.” President Donald Trump on Friday embraced a bipartisan prison reform proposal, but a sharp divide among Democrats on the issue threatens to undermine the deal. The discord was on display Friday as Rep. Hakeem ...
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by on May 17, 2018
And we haven’t even gotten into obstruction. Thursday is the first anniversary of Robert Mueller’s appointment as special counsel, and President Trump’s legal team is planning to mark the occasion by turning up the pressure to shut down the probe. “We are going to try as best we can to put the message out there that it has been a year, there has been no evidence presented of collusion or obstruction, and it is about time for them to end the investigation,” Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s lawyer...
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by on May 17, 2018
Although cops allege that rapper T.I. was drunk and disorderly during his recent arrest, in a newly leaked jail video it appears that the rapper was quite lucid when he was questioning a police officer as to why he was arrested in the first place. On Wednesday morning, T.I. (real name Clifford Harris) was arrested after trying to enter his gated community. In an interview with TMZ, T.I. said the guard was sleeping at his post when he tried to gain entrance, and when the guard phoned his w...
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by on May 15, 2018
City Councilman Rory Lancman said he’s appealing to the DAs because of a massive racial gap in people busted by the NYPD for pot use. The head of the City Council's justice committee is asking the city's five district attorneys to refuse to prosecute people arrested for low-level pot possession for misdemeanors. Councilman Rory Lancman said he's appealing to the DAs because of a massive racial gap in people busted by the NYPD for pot use. Lancman (D-Queens) says DAs should automatic...
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by on May 15, 2018
Agreeing to share data on millions of dollars it has seized through civil forfeitures, the New York City Police Department reached a settlement Monday that brings transparency to a program shrouded in secrecy. The nonprofit advocacy group Bronx Defenders fought for nearly four years to wrest this information from the NYPD, spending two of those years in litigation under the state’s Freedom of Information Law. “Until today, the impact of the NYPD’s seizure of property and cash has only ...
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by on May 13, 2018
The police explanation that more black and Hispanic people are arrested on marijuana charges because complaints are high in their neighborhoods doesn’t hold up to scrutiny.   There are many ways to get arrested on marijuana charges, but one pattern has remained true through years of piecemeal policy changes in New York City: The primary targets are black and Hispanic people. They sit in courtroom pews, almost all of them young black men, waiting their turn before a New York City jud...
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by on May 11, 2018
A program at the memorial service for Charly "Africa" Keunang, the unarmed homeless man killed by police on skid row in 2015. A jury found two Los Angeles police officers liable in the fatal shooting of a homeless man in 2015 that set off days of protests and prompted fierce criticism of how police deal with skid row's mentally unstable population. After the verdict was announced, attorneys for both sides reached a settlement in which the city agreed to pay $1.95 million to Charly "Afr...
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by on May 11, 2018
Trump’s CIA director nominee Gina Haspel made herself an irreplaceable cog in an organization doing reprehensible things. Gina Haspel is a consummate professional who has served the U.S. intelligence community with distinction for more than 30 years. As the Trump administration’s nominee to head up the Central Intelligence Agency, Haspel has received endorsements from six former CIA directors, three former directors of national intelligence, and two former secretaries of state. It woul...
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by on May 11, 2018
Javier Payne in 2014, after being shoved through store window by cop. A Bronx teenager who suffered a pierced heart and punctured lung when an NYPD sergeant threw him through a plate-glass window has settled a civil lawsuit for $1 million, the Daily News has learned. Javier Payne was 14 and handcuffed when Sgt. Eliezer Pabon pushed him through the front window of a 24-hour convenience store on Arthur Ave. Belmont in 2014. Payne's mother filed a civil lawsuit against the city, allegi...
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