Sunday, December 4, 2016

NYPD

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NYPD

The annual charity football game between the NYPD and the NYFD ended in an epic brawl that was caught on video.

The annual charity football game in Coney Island New York saw the NYPD winning over the NYFD with a score of 29 to 13. Then, in front of hundreds of family, friends and fans the two sides got into a heated argument that led to a fight.

Punches were thrown and some of the guys ended up getting bloodied. The fight was caught on video by Angle Zayas and depicts a violent scene that police and fire fighters are normally trying to break up.

Both teams are made up of incredibly tough men and there is a strong rivalry between the two.

Last year they got into a fight at another charity hockey match.

The NYPD made a statement about the incident:

“Football is a competitive sport, whether it is the NFL Super Bowl or the annual NYPD-FDNY challenge. It is part of the spirit of the sport, but it all ends on the field.”

Watch the fight below. WARNING: GRAPHIC LANGUAGE AND VIOLENCE.

No matter how it is explained, the fight should not have happened and it sets a bad example. On the other hand, these brave men deal with real tragedy on a daily basis and having a way to release that stress could be a good thing. It is better to use excessive force each other on the field in a sport than when arresting a perp.

At the end of the day, they shook hands and have mutual respect. These are tough, brave men working in the biggest city in our nation and we’ll cut them a little slack.

Some of us just wish the passion and tenacity the two teams played with would rub off on the Jets a little bit!

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sharpton-payday

The family of Eric Garner, who died in police custody following his arrest on charges of selling black market cigarettes on city streets, have been awarded a $5.9 million from New York City to settle the family’s wrongful-death claim in the Staten Island death last July the city comptroller and a lawyer for the family said.

The agreement, reached just days before the anniversary of Mr. Garner’s death, put to rest any potential legal battle that may have taken place even as a federal inquiry into the killing and several others at the state and local level remain open.

The settlement comes following a case that threatened to ignite street riots after two New York City police officers approached Mr. Garner on July 17, 2014 on a city sidewalk and accused him of selling untaxed cigarettes.

Garner, who was known to police for selling black market cigarettes and had arrested him for violating untaxed cigarette sales laws dozens of times, decided to resist arrest leading arresting officers to place him in a “chokehold” – a restraint technique prohibited under Police Department policy – to subdue him. The city medical examiner cited the chokehold as a cause of Mr. Garner’s death.

Despite the finding, a Staten Island grand jury’s decision not to indict the officer who used the chokehold fueled weeks of demonstrations – protests that ceased after two police officers in Brooklyn were fatally shot by a man who suggested he was avenging Garner’s death.

Garner’s relatives, including his widow, Esaw Garner, and his mother, Gwen Carr, filed a notice of claim against the city – a precursor step to filing a lawsuit. The notice said the family was seeking $75 million in damages which is when negotiations with city comptroller’s office began.

Speaking about the settlement, City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer said:

“Mr. Garner’s death is a touchstone in our city’s history and in the history of the entire nation.” “Financial compensation is certainly not everything, and it can’t bring Mr. Garner back. But it is our way of creating balance and giving a family a certain closure.”

The family had given the city a deadline of Friday, the anniversary of the death, to come to an agreement or the relatives would move forward with the lawsuit.

The agreement came after months of negotiations and is among the biggest settlements ever reached between claimants and the city. It is Mr. Stringer’s practice to settle major civil rights claims even before a lawsuit is filed. His aim is to save taxpayers the expense, and families the pain, of a long legal process.

Garner’s relatives were expected to discuss the settlement at the Harlem offices of the National Action Network, led by the Rev. Al Sharpton. “This is not about people getting money,” Mr. Sharpton said on Monday. “This is about justice. We’ve got to restructure our police departments and how we deal with policing nationwide.”

There was no mention of the revenge deaths of two police officers who were killed assassination style last December while sitting in a police car on an otherwise quite Brooklyn street.

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NYPD De Blasio

Embattled New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is not only losing ground in his war of words with New York City Police Department union leaders angry at comments that have stoked hatred of the police, he is also losing hundreds of millions of dollars in parking and moving violation tickets that are not being written by rank and file officers seeking to reduce their “risk profile” with the public.

Some say de Blasio is reaping what he has sown.

In his 2013 mayoral run for Mayor – a race he won with more than 73% of the vote – de Blasio ran on a platform wreaking of anti-police policies that would surely place police officers at greater risk of harm if implemented including:

  • Firing the widely popular Police Commissioner Ray Kelly who had a reputation for being a fair arbiter in matters of police discipline and misconduct,
  • Creating a position of “independent inspector general” to second guess NYPD officers who make split-second decisions when confronting criminal behavior,
  • Ending the “Broken Window” policy of policing designed to apprehend criminals for minor crimes such as vandalism before these same criminals escalate into bigger, more serious crimes. And most importantly,
  • Ending so-called “discriminatory” stop and frisk policy widely credited with preventing thousands of gun deaths – mostly within black neighborhoods – since being implemented by Mayor Rudolf Giuliani in the 1990’s.

However, police concerns over these policy changes have been dwarfed by what Mayor de Blasio has said and done since taking office in 2014.

STRIKE ONE:

Following a decision by a Staten Island grand jury not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner during his arrest for selling black market cigarettes on a city street in early December, de Blasio told reporters how he had to train his biracial son “how to take special care in any encounter he had with the police officers”.

Writing in the New York Daily News, Erin Durkin reported that:

“Patrick Lynch, head of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, said the mayor threw police under a bus for his comments following the start of Wednesday’s protests. The mayor said he had to train his son ‘how to take special care in any encounter he had with the police officers who are there to protect him.’

As hundreds of cops were standing toe-to-toe with protesters, Mayor de Blasio was busy throwing New York’s Finest under a bus, the head of the city’s largest police union said…”

STRIKE TWO:

In an article printed in the New York Post in mid-December, Kirstan Conley, Michael Gartland and Bruce Golding reported that:

“Mayor Bill de Blasio has again spit in the face of city cops — using the word “allegedly’’ to describe the vicious mob attack on two NYPD lieutenants, outraged police reps said Sunday.

Bending over backward to praise the city’s anti-cop protesters for their “peaceful’’ behavior – even as some chanted on Saturday night, “What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want it? Now!” – May de Blasio “said the attack was “an incident . . . in which a small group of protesters allegedly assaulted some members of the NYPD.”

The two lieutenants were punched and kicked in their faces and heads when they went to arrest a protester as the protester tried to throw a garbage can onto other cops from an elevated walkway.

STRIKE THREE:

The December 20 “assassination-style” shooting deaths of two New York City police officers let to cries that Mayor de Blasio had blood on his hands as a result of comments he made earlier in the month supporting “police brutality” protesters.

The NYPD identified the officers as Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu. They were on special patrol doing crime reduction work in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn.

Animus directed against de Blasio what heightened by the presence of the “Rev.” Al Sharpton – an activist who profits in both money and influence by fanning the flames of racial hatred against police.

The attacker, 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley, wrote online that he was planning to shoot two “pigs” in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner”… and that “I’m putting wings on pigs today. They take 1 of ours, let’s take 2 of theirs” investigators said.

This led tens of thousands of police officers from around the country and within the NYPD to turn their backs on Mayor de Blasio when he spoke at the funerals of Ramos and Liu.

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NYPD Arrests drop

In was is being described as a “work stoppage” in the New York press following the assassination deaths of NYPD Police Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, overall arrests have dropped 66% citywide by a police department that feels betrayed by Mayor Bill de Blasio following the death of Eric Garner.

Garner, who resisted arrest after begin cited for selling black market cigarettes on a New York City street, died following a “choke hold” that was applied to gain his compliance in his arrest. A bystander caught the incident on a cell phone video that subsequently went viral.

Choke holds are against NYPD policy. The officer who allegedly applied it to Garner was placed on suspension pending an investigation. He surrendered his badge and firearm.

Following Garner’s death, Mayor Bill de Blasio made incendiary remarks about the arrest suggesting it racially tinged and that he had counseled his 17-year-old son, Dante, who is biracial, about how to handle any run in with police.

“I have had to talk to Dante for years, about the dangers he may face,” de Blasio said. “A good young man, a law-abiding young man, who would never think to do anything wrong, and yet, because of a history that still hangs over us, the dangers he may face – we’ve had to literally train him, as families have all over this city for decades, in how to take special care in any encounter he has with the police officers…”

Mayor de Blasio continued:

“We’re not just dealing with a problem in 2014, we’re not dealing with years of racism leading up to it, or decades of racism – we are dealing with centuries of racism that have brought us to this day,” he said. “That is how profound the crisis is. And that is how fundamental the task at hand is, to turn from that history and to make a change that is profound and lasting.”

According to the New York Post, since the Mayor’s remarks following the police deaths, “traffic tickets and summonses for minor offenses have dropped off by a staggering 94 percent”… “as officers feel betrayed by the mayor and fear for their safety”.

In addition, “angry union leaders have ordered drastic measures for their members since the Dec. 20 assassination”…“including that two units respond to every call.” As a result, overall arrests are down 66 percent for the week starting Dec. 22 compared with the same period in 2013”.

Enforcement by the numbers:

  • Citations for Traffic Summonses for low-level offenses like public drinking and urination also plunged 94 percent — from 4,831 to 300.
  • Parking violations have dropping by 92 percent, from 14,699 to 1,241.
  • Drug arrests by cops assigned to the NYPD’s Organized Crime Control Bureau have dropped by 84 percent, from 382 to 63.

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