New York City

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City Leaves a Message at Trump Tower

Mayor de Blasio helps paint BLM mural in the street

(Newser) - Each of New York City's five boroughs is to have a Black Lives Matter mural. Those aren't empty words, Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a tweet , "We’re committed to the meaning of the message." And the Manhattan mural wasn't placed just anywhere: It'... More »

Victim Won't Cooperate in Case Against Amy Cooper

Christian Cooper says she doesn't need 'more misery'

(Newser) - Amy Cooper may be charged with filing a false police report as a result of his video, but Christian Cooper is not necessarily on board. The member of the New York City Audubon Society board of directors again suggests the white woman who called police on May 25 to report... More »

In This State, the Party's Over

Other states and New York City are also reimposing or extending lockdowns

(Newser) - It's tough timing for California—but what can you do? On Wednesday, with July 4 around the corner, Gov. Gavin Newsom called on 19 counties to tighten their coronavirus restrictions. That means closing indoor dining at restaurants and indoor entertainment venues like arcades, bowling alleys, and movie theaters, as... More »

NYPD Acts Swiftly After Video of 'Apparent Chokehold'

Officer was suspended the same day

(Newser) - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio praised the NYPD for its swift action after it suspended an officer hours after he was seen putting his arm around a man's neck. Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said the man was put in an "apparent chokehold," which was recorded... More »

Bieber Calls Sexual Assault Claim 'Factually Impossible'

2 women post on Twitter about alleged attacks

(Newser) - Two women came forward on Twitter over the weekend with sexual assault claims against Justin Bieber, spurring a response from the 26-year-old Canadian pop star on the same platform—for one of the allegations, at least. Per USA Today , the first accusation came Saturday evening from someone named "Danielle"... More »

Contact Tracing Has 'Very Bad' Start in NYC

Success rate in gathering information from infected people is 35%

(Newser) - As society reopens, health experts say, contact tracing will be key to controlling the spread of the coronavirus. "Without population-level social distancing measures," said one, "then we don't have really another tool to control the threat." Dr. Crystal Watson of Johns Hopkins wants Congress to... More »

Mom to File $10M Suit Against NYPD After Mask Fracas

Kaleemah Rozier's claim says cops put knee on her neck while 5-year-old son watched

(Newser) - A mother arrested for not properly wearing a mask plans to file a $10 million notice of claim against New York City for excessive force, arguing police officers put a knee on her neck in front of her 5-year-old son. Kaleemah Rozier, 22, and her son were inside a Brooklyn... More »

NYPD Cops Hospitalized After Drinking Tainted Shakes

Shake Shack employees, initially blamed by police unions, in the clear after investigation

(Newser) - The NYPD has determined there was no criminality by Shake Shack employees after three officers on protest detail drank milkshakes and were hospitalized. The uniformed officers had consumed some of the beverages purchased in lower Manhattan around 8:30pm Monday before noticing a substance in the cups, per NBC News... More »

Tessa Majors' Parents Release Devastating Letter

First teen was sentenced Monday in plea deal; others are charged with Majors' murder

(Newser) - The young teen who took a plea deal in the death of Tessa Majors was sentenced Monday to 18 months in juvenile detention, at least six of which will be served in a facility before he could potentially be released and monitored, USA Today reports. The boy, who was 13... More »

NYPD Officer Charged With Assaulting Protester

Vincent D'Andraia was filmed violently shoving her to the ground

(Newser) - An NYPD officer seen shoving a young woman during a protest against police brutality has surrendered to face multiple charges. Vincent D'Andraia, 28, is the first officer in the city to be charged over his conduct during George Floyd protests, though he is not expected to be the last,... More »

AOC on Judge's Detention Ruling: 'Unconstitutional'

Ocasio-Cortez: NYPD detaining arrestees for more than 24 hours without charges

(Newser) - On Thursday, a Manhattan judge issued a ruling affecting the NYPD and protests in New York City, and AOC is pushing back. Per Law & Crime , Criminal Court Judge James Burke granted the police department's request to allow for the detention of arrestees in Manhattan, the Bronx, and Brooklyn... More »

NYC Begins to Reopen. Now, a 'Toxic Trifecta'

The triple whammy of virus, unemployment, and systemic racism pose a new challenge for city

(Newser) - The city that never sleeps is getting back to work. New York City has been in near-total lockdown for almost three months amid the coronavirus pandemic, but it's finally reached a "turning point," entering the first phase of reopening Monday, CNBC reports. Nonessential businesses in retail, manufacturing,... More »

Lawyers Tossed Molotov Cocktail in Cop Car: Police

Urooj Rahman and Colinford Mattis are behind bars

(Newser) - Two lawyers are accused of tossing a Molotov cocktail in a police car—a shocking turn for two pals who rose up from simple beginnings to success in the legal field, the New York Post reports. Seems Urooj Rahman, 31, and Colinford Mattis, 32, joined George Floyd protests in New... More »

NYC Can Go Out After Dark Now

De Blasio ends 8pm curfew early

(Newser) - New York City is lifting its curfew spurred by protests against police brutality ahead of schedule, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Sunday morning. The 8pm citywide curfew, which the AP reports is New York's first in decades, had been set to remain in effect through at least Sunday, with... More »

Woman in Park Incident Gets Dog Back

Rescue group returns pooch to Amy Cooper after input from law enforcement

(Newser) - The white dog walker who called police on a black birdwatcher who'd asked her to leash her dog in Central Park has been reunited with the dog. Though Amy Cooper surrendered her pooch to a rescue group in the aftermath of a viral video of the encounter , which some... More »

2 Cops Shot, 1 Stabbed in Brooklyn Confrontation

It's not clear whether it's connected to the ongoing protests, unrest

(Newser) - A confrontation in Brooklyn late Wednesday left one police officer stabbed in the neck, two officers with gunshot wounds to their hands, and another man shot by police, the New York Police Department said. The officers were taken to a hospital with wounds that were not expected to be life-threatening,... More »

NYC Mayor Says He Won't Call in National Guard

8pm curfew has been extended all week

(Newser) - New York City extended an 8pm curfew all week and said it would prohibit many types of nighttime traffic in Manhattan as officials struggled Tuesday to stanch destruction and growing complaints that the nation's biggest city was reeling out of control night by night. After chaos erupted again overnight... More »

Police PAC Donations Get Redirected in NY

Democrats are giving campaign contributions to bail funds

(Newser) - "It's time to draw a CLEAR line in the sand," New York State assemblywoman Aravella Simotas tweeted Saturday, announcing she would redirect $5,350 in campaign contributions from police-affiliated groups to a New York City bail fund, as well as to groups working to "help New... More »

Twitter Suspends Police Union Account Over De Blasio Post

Union posted arrest report of mayor's daughter, Chiara, amid Floyd protests

(Newser) - Relations between New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and a police union have been bad for a long time. They just got worse. This time it stems from the weekend arrest of the mayor's 25-year-old daughter, Chiara, at the George Floyd protests. According to a police report cited... More »

Next Role for CNN's Jeff Zucker: NYC Mayor?

He hints he's interested in interview with 'NYT'

(Newser) - CNN President Jeff Zucker is a busy man these days, given the George Floyd riots and the pandemic. But in an interview with media writer Ben Smith in the New York Times , Zucker suggests he's considering a big career switch. At the end of the article, Smith writes that... More »

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