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After NYPD's Unusual Step in Murder Case, an Arrest

Cops nab 14-year-old suspect in Tessa Majors case

(Newser) - New York City police say they've located a 14-year-old boy suspected of fatally stabbing a Barnard College freshman as she walked through a park near the school. Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison tweeted Thursday that the boy had been found but gave no other details, the AP reports. He'... More »

NYC Mayor Slams 'Infuriating' Claim on Murdered Student

Bill de Blasio says NYPD union chief shouldn't be 'shaming' Tessa Majors with marijuana claim

(Newser) - A 13-year-old suspect is in custody related to the murder of Barnard College freshman Tessa Majors , with police still seeking other suspects, but her killing has become what the New York Daily News calls a "political football," drawing in New York City's mayor, the head of the... More »

Cops Ripped Her Baby Away. Now, City Will Pay

Jazmine Headley will see $625K settlement from New York City

(Newser) - A year ago, New York City cops wrestled Jazmine Headley to the floor of a social services office, and forcibly wrested her 1-year-old son from her arms in a videotaped struggle that eventually culminated in an apology from Mayor Bill de Blasio. Now the city will fork over $625,000... More »

'You Got It, Run! Run!' Arrest of 2 Teen Girls Gets Crazy

Girl helps her friend escape NYPD custody

(Newser) - A Bronx teen who filmed herself springing a friend from a police cruiser is now in trouble—and so is the friend, NBC New York reports. It went down Thursday after two 14-year-old girls allegedly punched and kicked another girl unconscious at a street corner. Cops tried arresting the girls,... More »

Central to Ex-Cop's $7M Lawsuit: the Term 'Hairbag'

Keith Dietrich says it's evidence of age discrimination

(Newser) - Keith Dietrich says he was humiliated at the New York Police Department because, at age 56, his commanders thought he was too old for the job. Central to his $7 million age discrimination lawsuit is an odd term: "hairbag." As the New York Times reports, Dietrich, a decorated... More »

Cop Fired Over Eric Garner Death Wants Job Back

Daniel Pantaleo is suing the NYPD

(Newser) - The police officer accused of putting Eric Garner in the chokehold that killed him is suing the NYPD to get his job back. Daniel Pantaleo had been on desk duty for the five years since the 2014 death before being fired on Aug. 19 . NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill sided... More »

NYPD Cop's Death Was Friendly Fire

It happened after the 7-year veteran got into ground struggle with fleeing suspect

(Newser) - New York City police said Monday that an officer killed while wrestling with an armed man was fatally struck by gunfire from his fellow officers, the AP reports. Police Commissioner James O'Neill said Officer Brian Mulkeen, 33, was hit twice by police bullets during the confrontation early Sunday in... More »

Judge on Eric Garner Cop: 'Self-Serving,' 'Untruthful'

Court opinion on Daniel Pantaleo says his story on chokehold is 'implausible'

(Newser) - Earlier this month, a judge passed down her recommendation that Daniel Pantaleo—the NYPD cop accused of putting Eric Garner in the chokehold that killed him—be fired. Now the New York Times has gotten its hands on the nearly 50-page court opinion from Judge Rosemarie Maldonado, and she doesn'... More »

A Day After 8th NYPD Suicide This Year, the 9th

NYPD declares mental health emergency

(Newser) - A rash of suicides by police officers has shaken the New York Police Department, leading the commissioner to declare a mental health emergency and highlighting the problem of untreated depression among law enforcement officers nationwide. On Wednesday, Robert Echeverría, 56, became the ninth NYPD officer to take his own... More »

NYPD Officer Commits Suicide. That's the 8th One This Year

Department is on track to have one of the worst years for officer suicides this decade

(Newser) - A 35-year-old, seven-year veteran of the New York Police Department was found dead by suicide Tuesday morning—the eighth NYPD officer to take his own life this year. The New York Times reports that this year's "rash of suicides" has unsettled the department, and puts it on track... More »

Fire Officer Over Death of Eric Garner, Judge Says

Police commissioner will make the final decision

(Newser) - An administrative judge has recommended firing the New York City police officer accused of using a chokehold in the 2014 death of Eric Garner. The judge's findings in the disciplinary case of officer Daniel Pantaleo were provided Friday to his lawyer and the city agency that acted as a... More »

No Federal Charges in Eric Garner's Death: Reports

Justice Department won't go after NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo

(Newser) - The Justice Department will not bring federal charges in the 2014 death of Eric Garner at the hands of a New York City police officer, reports the New York Times , USA Today , and CNN . Daniel Pantaleo will not face criminal or civil rights charges in the case that ignited protests... More »

Doctors Protested as NYPD Shackled Her During Labor

City settles with 'Jane Doe' for $610K

(Newser) - A pregnant Bronx woman "never struggled, resisted, or acted in any way that would even remotely support the use of restraints" while she was in police custody last year, a lawsuit says—but she was still forced to go through a difficult labor with handcuffs on her wrists and... More »

Ex-Cop Who Testified With Jon Stewart on 9/11 Fund Dies

Former NYPD detective Luis Alvarez, 53, died of complications of colorectal cancer

(Newser) - When Jon Stewart lambasted lawmakers at a hearing earlier this month, Luis Alvarez was one of the first responders at his side, making his own impassioned plea to the House Judiciary subcommittee to stop dragging its feet on re-funding the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund. Now, sad news from Long... More »

After 2 Cop Suicides in 24 Hours, a Call to 'Take Action'

'We have to discuss mental health,' says commissioner

(Newser) - The NYPD was rocked Wednesday as Deputy Chief Steven Silks was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his police vehicle, not far from the precinct station where he worked. Less than 24 hours later, officers' grief was amplified as the body of homicide detective Joseph Calabrese was found... More »

There's Something Nefarious Afoot in the NYC Subway System

Suspect believed to have caused delays, cancellations of nearly 750 trains since March

(Newser) - Someone has it out for the New York City subway system, having delayed or cancelled at least 747 trains since March. Jalopnik , which viewed 20 incident reports obtained from sources within the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, calls him a "supervillain." While he's been known to hit single trains,... More »

Man Talks About Anguish of Foiling Girlfriend's Alleged Plot

NYPD cop Valerie Cincinelli accused of trying to hire a hitman to kill ex and boyfriend's daughter

(Newser) - It sounds like a bad reality TV movie: A woman is accused of trying to hire a hitman to kill not only her estranged husband but the teen daughter of her current boyfriend. Complete with a twist: The woman is a cop. "My heart is destroyed," the boyfriend... More »

NYPD Cop Accused of Hatching Incredible Scheme

Officer Valerie Cincinelli faces up to 10 years in prison

(Newser) - A New York cop is accused of trying to kill two people—her ex-husband and her boyfriend's daughter—in a story that reeks of bitterness and resentment, the New York Post reports. According to court papers, Officer Valerie Cincinelli told her boyfriend to hire a hitman for both jobs,... More »

Photo of Woody Harrelson Helps Catch Beer Thief

NYPD used facial recognition tech to find lookalike

(Newser) - Clever police work—or an abuse of technology? When a suspect who looked a lot like a long-haired Woody Harrelson was caught on camera stealing beer from a CVS and the NYPD's facial-recognition system didn't provide any matches, a detective used a photo of the actor, according to... More »

NYPD Commander on Eric Garner's Death: 'Not a Big Deal'

Testimony brings gasps at officer's hearing

(Newser) - There were gasps at a hearing in New York City Thursday as a police commander was asked to read out the texts he had exchanged with a sergeant who was at the scene of the arrest that led to Eric Garner's death. After Sgt. Dhanan Saminath told Lt. Christopher... More »

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