by on March 10, 2018
A seven-member civilian board would have the power to fire Chicago’s police superintendent and set department policy under a far-reaching proposal by some of Chicago’s leading community organizations that quickly drew criticism from police. The long-awaited report from the Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability calls for Mayor Rahm Emanuel to also retain the ability to fire a superintendent. But extending that authority to a civilian commission would be a dramatic change in a city wh...
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by on May 10, 2018
Vice President Pence speaks at event on tax policy in Charlotte, on April 20. Of the many ways in which Vice President Pence differs from his boss, few are as immediately striking as his ability to offer precisely the most practiced response to any probing question no matter the circumstances. President Trump is known for dropping huge boulders into small ponds just to see what happens; Pence’s job is often to take a rippling body of water and coax it back into smoothness. Pence doesn’t u...
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The president just committed another impeachable crime today. President Donald Trump on Friday refused to say whether Paul Manafort, his former campaign chairman who’s been wrapped up in the special counsel’s Russia investigation, could count on a pardon from the White House. Responding to a shouted question of whether or not he would pardon Manafort, Trump wouldn’t answer either way, saying that “I don’t talk about that.” “I think the whole Manafort trial is very sad,” Trump told...
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by on December 31, 2017
Michael Picard, formerly of East Hartford, is seen here warning motorists about a state police DUI checkpoint in West Hartford on Sept. 11, 2015. Former East Hartford resident Michael Picard, who gained fame for his confrontation with state police while protesting a drunken driving checkpoint in West Hartford in 2015, was arrested this month in New York City while protesting outside a courthouse. According to Picard, 29, on Dec. 4 he was standing outside the Bronx Hall of Justice on Ea...
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by on February 2, 2018
Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance will decline to prosecute most cases of subway turnstile jumping starting Thursday, his office said. In September, Vance's office began offering diversion programs and adjournments for most cases of subway fare evasion, but the NYPD continued making arrests at a pace greater than the DA had hoped. Under the new policy, Vance's office will still prosecute if the person is on a list as a known public safety risk, but hopes to significantly tamp down arre...
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by on February 13, 2018
A West Virginia city has agreed to pay a former police officer $175,000 to settle a wrongful-termination lawsuit after he was fired following his decision not to shoot a distraught suspect who was holding a gun. The lawsuit accused the Weirton Police Department of wrongfully terminating officer Stephen Mader after he chose not to shoot a 23-year-old man while responding to a domestic disturbance in 2016. "At the end of the day, I'm happy to put this chapter of my life to bed," Mader said i...
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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 February 24, 2018
A Bronx lawmaker is demanding that state corrections officials conduct a “comprehensive review” of all violent incidents committed by correction officers. State Sen. Gustavo Rivera, a Democrat, demanded the review Friday in response to Daily News reports about a correction officer — Lt. Troy Mitchell — who’s been accused of waterboarding inmates and brutally beating their genitals. Mitchell, who has been suspended without pay, has also cost New York State $877,637 in legal payouts over ass...
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by on June 16, 2018
The judge in Stormy Daniels‘ case against Michael Cohen and President Donald Trump responded Friday to Cohen’s application for a restraining order prohibiting Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti from talking about the case publicly. Cohen didn’t get his wish–at least not yet–but he did get a strong message from the court. Cohen had filed an ex parte application for a temporary restraining order against Avenatti. This means that instead of notifying and serving Avenatti, Cohen filed his appli...
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by on March 30, 2018
The Baton Rouge police officer who fatally shot Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old black man, outside of a convenience store six times was fired Friday, after a disciplinary hearing determined he had violated the department's policies. Police Chief Murphy Paul announced the dismissal of Officer Blane Salamoni at a press conference. "These actions were not minor deviations from policy as they contributed to the outcome that resulted in the death of another human being," Paul said. Officer How...
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by on February 5, 2018
Ten unsolved homicide and rape cases are among the first being considered in New York State for use of the innovative familial DNA searching techniques in the hunt for possible suspects, law enforcement officials said. By using family members' DNA, police may be able to track down a potential suspect or evidence, law enforcement officials said. Eight of the 10 cases came from the NYPD and are the first in which police and local prosecutors are attempting to use the DNA process since it...
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by on March 13, 2018
Former high-end hooker Gabi Grecko traveled to Las Vegas in 2013 at the request of Jeremy Reichberg and Jona Rechnitz, both major contributors to de Blasio's campaign, prosecutors have alleged. A former high-end hooker at the center of a corruption scandal could testify against a bigtime de Blasio donor and a cop he stands accused of bribing, according to new court documents. Gabi Grecko traveled to Las Vegas in 2013 at the request of Jeremy Reichberg and Jona Rechnitz, both major cont...
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