Tag: NYPD

Eric Garner's Daughter: 'He Was Crying Out to Get Back Home to Us'

Eric Garner’s police-related death on July 17, 2014, in Staten Island caused nationwide outrage after a video of the deadly confrontation went viral. Garner, stopped for selling untaxed cigarettes, was put into a department-prohibited chokehold by NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo and taken down to the ground, where he repeatedly said,…

NYPD Revises Police-Brutality History

By Sheryl Estrada 1 Police Plaza Edits made to Wikipedia entries describing events surrounding the deaths of Eric Garner, Sean Belland Amadou Diallo, including allegations of police brutality, have been linked to computers on the New York Police Department’s network. The edits tried to make the details of the events…

NYPD Commissioner Says Police Caused 'Worst Parts of Black History'

By Sheryl Estrada NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton During a Black History Month event on Tuesday at The Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York in Queens, New York Police Department Commissioner Bill Bratton made an unexpected comment that police caused “many of the worst parts of Black history.” Bratton said…

Addressing the Perceptions of Law Enforcement Prejudice

Jan. 27, 2015 By Sheryl Estrada The perception of biased policing and mistrust of police officers has been prevalent in many Black and Latino communities in the U.S. The shooting death of Michael Brown, the choking death of Eric Garner, and the protests that followed were the tipping point. To…

What Do NYPD Officers Think of City Standoff Over #BlackLivesMatter

By Sheryl Estrada Kindness wasn’t on the agenda Tuesday during the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (PBA) meeting of delegates in Queens. According to the New York Daily News, the meeting, with about 350 in attendance, almost ended up in fisticuffs. Tempers flared, with members shouting at their president, Patrick Lynch, over…

Chokeholds Routinely Go Unpunished at NYPD

By Julissa Catalan While the NYPD maintains that the department bans chokeholds, recent explorations prove that officers who use chokeholds are rarely disciplined. The no-indictment decision for the officer responsible for Eric Garner’s death brought attention to the fact that there is a pattern of chokehold use within the department…

NYPD Work Slowdown Gives Blacks, Latinos a Break

By Julissa Catalan Tension between New Yorkers and the New York Police Department are at an all-time high in the city, with the protests that followed the chokehold death of Eric Garnerand the shooting of two NYPD officerscausing a division not only between the NYPD and citizens, but also between…

How Racism Killed Eric Garner

Daniel Pantaleo’s chokehold helped kill Eric Garner. Stop and Frisk, though supposedly no longer in practice, helped kill Eric Garner. Racism actually killed Eric Garner. The confrontation that led to Garner’s death was a part of Broken Windows, the policing policy adopted by the NYPD after a federal judge ruled…

NYPD Cop Not Indicted in Chokehold Death of Eric Garner

By Julissa Catalan Another police officer has been let off the hook for a racially charged killing. Nearly two weeks after a St. Louis grand jury declined to indict Ferguson, Mo., Police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown, a Staten Island grand jury has also refused to…

R.I.P. Stop and Frisk

By Chris Hoenig The last realistic legal roadblock is gone and now the legal reforms borne out of New York City’s Stop and Frisk program can begin to take hold. The U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals, in a unanimous decision, threw out the appeals of the NYPD’s police unions,…