Police-community relations are once again among the top stories nationwide, from Charlotte to Tulsa to Columbus to the presidential debate stage, where Donald Trump spoke passionately, if veryinaccurately, about stop-and-frisk in New York City.
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The Civilian Complaint Review Board, a key provider of oversight of police conduct in New York City will be subject to oversight itself at a Friday hearing of the City Council’s Committee on Public Safety. It will be the first of its kind during the current administration wherein the CCRB is evaluated by the Council outside of the annual budget process.
Mayor Bill de Blasio described the fatal shooting of a 66-year-old mentally-ill Bronx woman last night as a preventable tragedy, but commended Police Commissioner James O’Neill for his “transparency and accountability” about the failures of the NYPD sergeant who killed her.
CITY HALL — Police should not have shot and killed a 66-year-old emotionally disturbed Bronx woman who charged an NYPD sergeant with a baseball bat, Mayor Bill de Blasio said during a City Hall press conference Wednesday.
"Deborah Danner should be alive right now. Period," de Blasio said.
New York police department officials have conceded that something went wrong in the lead-up to a sergeant fatally shooting a mentally ill 66-year-old black woman in her own home in the Bronx Tuesday night.
“What is clear in this one instance, we failed,” police chief James O’Neill told reporters Wednesday morning. “That’s not how it’s supposed to go. It’s not how we train.”
Who is the real Mayor Bill de Blasio?
Is he the ever-smiling mayor who stumbles from crisis to crisis? Or, is he a shrewd politician who believes he can bedazzle New Yorkers with rhetoric?
No justice, no apologies.
Activists fighting for reform said Monday that an apology from an organization representing police chiefs for decades of brutality is nothing but empty rhetoric.
“The problem is that police continue to enforce racist and discriminatory laws and policies,” said Constance Malcolm, whose unarmed son, Ramarley Graham, 18, was shot to death by a cop in his Bronx home in 2012.
In the face of mounting criticism of his record on transparency, Mayor Bill de Blasio called for changing a state law that the city has said blocks the release of details about disciplinary actions taken against New York City police officers.
Mayor de Blasio has made a formal plea to the state legislature to amend Section 50-a of the New York State Civil Rights Law, which the NYPD has used to justify withholding disciplinary records of police officers who have been accused of misconduct. "Without significant changes to this statute, the city remains barred from providing New Yorkers with the transparency we deserve," the mayor said in a statement.
New Yorkers in 31 of the city's police precincts could soon get their local officer's phone number, part of a new NYPD program focused on neighborhood policing.