Another death of a black woman in jail custody. One day after the story of Joyce Curnell’s death in a South Carolina jail cell last summer, there is news of the “mysterious death” of India Cummings in a holding cell in Erie County, New York.
The Buffalo News reports: Her landlord, David Pintabona, said Cummings wanted desperately on the afternoon of Feb. 1 to return to her hometown of Rochester and went door-to-door on Knowlton Avenue to find someone to take her there. “She was freaked, screaming, ‘Help me, help me,’ ” Pintabona said, describing her outbursts as totally out of character. Cop who killed Akai Gurley convicted of manslaughter, faces up to 15 years. Akai Gurley was shot and killed on November 20, 2014, in a Brooklyn housing project.
He and his friend Melissa Butler had decided they’d waited long enough for an elevator, and entered the stairwell on the seventh floor. One floor above, NYPD Officer Peter Liang and his partner Officer Shaun Landau were performing what’s called a “vertical patrol,” and entered the stairwell. Liang had his gun out, even though he had no objective reason to do so. He heard a noise, and, as he testified at trial, “the gun just went off.” The bullet hit a wall and ricocheted into the chest of Akai Gurley, killing him. NYPD officer Peter Liang convicted of manslaughter in Akai Gurley shooting.
The NYPD officer who shot and killed an unarmed man in a stairwell was convicted of manslaughter Thursday by a Kings County jury.
The officer, 28-year-old Peter Liang, held his head in his hands as the foreman read back the charges. Liang was also found guilty of official misconduct in relation to the fatal shooting of Akai Gurley in November 2014. The manslaughter charge carries up to 15 years in prison. Liang’s sentencing is set for 14 April. He was fired from the force after the ruling, an NYPD spokesman said. Kings County district attorney Ken Thompson said the ruling demonstrated that “no matter where you live in Brooklyn, your live matters.” Scott Rynecki, the attorney representing the Gurley family, said after the decision that “no one is here rejoicing at the fact that this officer was convicted... but the message was sent... that if a police officer does something wrong their actions will be held accountable and will be held accountable in a court of law.”
New York City residents don't have to commit a crime to do the time. When the late 1960s/early 1970s lyrical group The Last Poets said “New York, New York, The Big Apple … rotten to the core,” many outside of the city thought they were being too harsh.
Well, perhaps this will give you a glimpse as to why they said that: Police in the city have been using a “nuisance abatement” law to deny people entry into their homes. Some of these people have been accused of crimes, and sometimes criminal activity was alleged to have taken place in (or near) the residences. The overlapping threads are that a majority of the individuals affected have not been charged with crimes or have had charges dropped—and are people of color.
NYPD Captain Pleads Guilty To Pulling His Gun On Middle School Kids. NYPD Captian Brian McCaughey recently lost his 30 days of paid vacation for pointing his gun at two middle school kids who were harmlessly playing tag.
The officer drew his weapon on the children, playing on a Brooklyn street. Through slurs of profanity and rage, he barked orders at them to drop to their faces on the concrete. “Motherf**ker, get on the ground!” McCaughey shouted, according to eye-witnesses. The captain then proceeded to handcuff 13-year-old Kesean Smalls while 12-year-old Jahniel Hinds hid behind his mother. All of this happened back on September 13, 2013, when the boys were simply playing tag outside their homes. “We were playing. Jahniel’s mother, Corinia ran over when she heard what was happening. “I was just hoping that the (cops) didn’t pull the trigger,” Kesean’s grandmother Yvonne Smalls said. “I didn’t even ask ‘What did he do?’ At the time of the incident, McCaughey was a lieutenant. (Article by M. Eric Garner and Tamir Rice among those missing from FBI record of police killings. Video image shows NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo choking Eric Garner in New York City (Screenshot/YouTube) Killings by police that unleashed a new protest movement around the US in 2014, including those of Eric Garner, Tamir Rice and John Crawford, are missing from the federal government’s official record of homicides by officers because most departments refuse to submit data.
Related: The tracking of police violence in the US may have reached a turning point. Civilian board says NYPD cop used excessive force in mistaken arrest of James Blake. Former tennis star James Blake.
Photo via Agence France-Presse. One officer involved in the arrest of ex-tennis star James Blake, who was body-slammed outside a New York City hotel last month in a case of mistaken identity, used excessive force and another abused his authority, a police watchdog group has found. ‘You hate the police, right n*****?': NYPD cop hurled slurs at black man before bogus arrest, lawsuit claims.
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Follow Raw Story! Cop Stomped Suspect's Head. Facebook/Stoneyg Loc BROOKLYN — An NYPD officer who was captured on video stomping on a marijuana suspect’s head and drawing his service weapon has been indicted on charges of assault and official misconduct, DNAinfo New York has learned.
Officer Joel Edouard, 37, surrendered Tuesday morning at the office of Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson in connection with the arrest of Jahmil-El Cuffee last July. He pleaded not guilty and was released without bail after being arraigned in Brooklyn Supreme Court later in the day. NYPD Officers Beat Autistic Teen in Front of His Home, Lawsuit Says - Fordham. DNAinfo/Rosa Goldensohn FORDHAM — Police officers threw a 17-year-old autistic boy onto the ground outside his Bronx home and punched him in the face — then hauled him to the precinct stationhouse where they questioned him before releasing him without charges, according to a lawsuit.
A lawyer for Troy Canales, now 18, said the NYPD violated the teen's civil rights during the Nov. 12 incident, which began at 8 p.m. after a pair of officers drove up and saw Canales leaning against a car outside his family’s house on Bainbridge Avenue in The Bronx, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court this week.
The lawsuit claims the officers clearly had no training in how to deal with people with special needs when they began haranguing Canales, who is verbally communicative but has a hard time making eye contact with strangers, about what he was doing there. Police Commissioner William Bratton said the department does train officers to deal with autistic people. “They said, ‘What are you doing?’ NYPD Cop Claims He ‘Blacked Out’ When He Shot Innocent Man Six Times. Get short URL Officer Brendan Cronin, 28, claims that he blacked out before walking up to Joe Felice’s vehicle at a stop light in Pelham, New York on April 29, 2014, and shooting 13 rounds into the car, hitting Felice six times.
Felice and his friend, Robert Borrelli, who was not struck, had just left a hockey game and never saw the officer. “I remember yelling: ‘You have to save me! I have a 3-year-old!’” Felice tearfully told CBS of his conversation Borelli following the shooting. Felice has a bullet lodged in his chest to this day. Cronin had just left a bar where he got drunk with his supervisor and partner after attending a mandatory car stop training session at the police shooting range the day the incident occurred. For seventeen months the officer has received his taxpayer-funded salary.
Cronin is scheduled to be sentenced on December 2. His victim wants to see the officer behind bars, and is hoping Cronin will serve at least half of the 25-year maximum sentence for his crime. Police Chief Beats Wife So Brutally She Ends Up In Emergency Room, Gets Paid Leave. A police chief from New York state who has turned himself in on allegations of beating his wife so brutally that she ended up in the emergency room missing teeth has been given paid leave while facing the charges. Timothy Wright, the 49-year-old police chief of Carroll, New York in Chautauqua county is alleged to to have attacked his wife on April 5, during an argument over the sale of a motorcycle.
In an interview with police, Christine Wright stated that her husband hit her “so quickly and often” that she did not know if she was being punched or kicked. New York State Police were called to Urgent Care, where Mrs Wright was being treated for for severe facial injuries, including missing teeth and wounds she described as “goose eggs.” Mandatory arrest was only avoided because Mrs Wright refused to pursue charges against her husband, as do so many victims of domestic abuse.
The decision of Jones and the local government to stand behind Wright did not go down well with townspeople. Cop Runs Stop Sign, Hits Sober Driver, Dept Covers it Up By Framing the Man For DUI. New York, NY — On April 19, Oliver Wiggins was driving his Nissan Maxima on Glenwood road when he was suddenly t-boned by an NYPD cop. The officer was driving without his flashing lights and did not have on his siren when he blew through a stop sign and plowed into Wiggins.
In typical police fashion, the officer, instead of apologizing and admitting he made a mistake, treated Wiggins as if it were his fault. The officer accused Wiggins of being drunk. He was then arrested and charged with DUI. Cop Under Investigation for Allegedly Calling Woman a ‘F**king Dyke’ Before Brutally Assaulting Her. New York, NY — Stephanie Dorceant and her girlfriend Nandi Allman were on their way home from a concert when their world would be turned upside down. In the early morning hours of July 11, Dorceant and Allman were cheerfully walking home when a plainclothes man bumped into Dorceant from behind, according to Dorceant. The man in plainclothes was off-duty NYPD officer, Salvator Aquino. In a statement written for her attorney, Dorceant explains what happened next: On July 11th I was in Brooklyn, where I live and work, heading from a concert with my girlfriend when, out of nowhere a large man bumped me from behind.
#BLM activists seek justice for Samuel Harrell — killed by ‘Beat Up Squad’ guards at New York prison. Black Lives Matter is seeking justice for a mentally inmate killed in April by 20 corrections officers known as the “Beat Up Squad” at New York’s Fishkill Correctional Facility in New York. The activists gathered Thursday at Hulme Park in Poughkeepsie asking Dutchess County District Attorney William Grady to seek murder charges against the guards — who multiple inmates say shouted racial slurs at 30-year-old Samuel Harrell, a black man diagnosed with bipolar disorder, after he behaved erratically while jailed April 21.
NYPD Cops Beat Man Who Had His Hands Up, Because They ‘Thought He Stole A Pizza’ WATCH: NYPD officers beat young black man who had his hands up over allegedly-stolen pizza. New York police union asks members to upload photos of homeless people. Two of New York’s Finest Beat an Innocent Teen With Autism in Front of His Home. Rikers Island guards let diabetic Latino inmate suffer 14 hours and die without insulin.