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Sep 19, 2014

Pathologist reviews autopsy of man killed in NY police choke hold

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A prominent pathologist hired by the family of Eric Garner, a man killed by New York City police in July during an arrest involving a banned choke hold, said on Friday his review of the autopsy confirmed earlier findings that Garner’s windpipe was crushed.

Dr. Michael Baden, a former chief medical examiner for the city, praised the official autopsy on Garner’s body as thorough after reviewing the tissue samples, x-rays and the pathologist’s report held at the city’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Sep 16, 2014

Former police officer gets 10 years in NYC kidnap fetish case

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A former police chief of a federal veterans hospital was sentenced in New York on Tuesday to 10 years in prison for his role in conspiring to torture, rape and kill women, a plot that grew out of Internet fetish forums he visited.

Richard Meltz, 66, pleaded guilty in January to being involved in two conspiracies to kidnap and kill women with two other men that he had met through online message boards that indulge violent sexual fetishes.

Sep 11, 2014

Obama, victims’ families pause to remember September 11 victims

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Politicians, dignitaries and victims’ relatives were gathering in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania on Thursday to commemorate the nearly 3,000 people killed in al Qaeda’s attack on the United States 13 years ago on Sept. 11.

In what has become an annual ritual, the names of the victims will be read aloud at a ceremony in lower Manhattan, punctuated by moments of silence to mark the times when each of the four hijacked airliners crashed and the World Trade Center’s twin towers fell.

Sep 10, 2014

With World Trade site largely rebuilt, New York marks Sept.11

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Until a few months ago, the part of New York City where crowds will gather on Thursday morning to mark the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States had been mostly fenced off to the public.

This year, for perhaps the first time since the attacks, a sense of normalcy and openness has taken root in the city blocks where two airliners hijacked by militants from al Qaeda crashed into the World Trade Centre’s twin towers.

Sep 10, 2014

With World Trade site largely rebuilt, New York marks September 11

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Until a few months ago, the part of New York City where crowds will gather on Thursday morning to mark the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States had been mostly fenced off to the public.

This year, for perhaps the first time since the attacks, a sense of normalcy and openness has taken root in the city blocks where two airliners hijacked by militants from al Qaeda crashed into the World Trade Center’s twin towers.

Sep 4, 2014

New York City police to test wearable cameras in coming months

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City’s police commissioner unveiled body cameras on Thursday that his department will start testing soon, demonstrating the equipment by playing a short video showing a notably good-natured traffic stop from an officer’s perspective.

“I’m going to issue you a summons for that red light, OK?” the unseen officer can be heard politely telling the driver he has just pulled over. “Give me a second, OK?” the officer adds in a reassuring voice, which the driver appears to think is fair enough. “I’ll be right back.”

Sep 3, 2014

New York police to announce details of body camera pilot program

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City’s police department is planning to release new details this week about its pilot program for equipping officers with wearable video cameras to record encounters with the public, the department’s chief spokesman said.

A federal judge ordered the department last year to test the technology in a handful of police precincts after ruling that police had acted unconstitutionally by stopping and frisking black and Latino New Yorkers in disproportionate numbers.

Aug 28, 2014

Fatal heroin overdoses on the rise in New York City

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The number of deaths from accidental overdoses of opioid drugs has steadily risen in New York City since 2010, in part because of an apparent resurgence in heroin use, according to data released on Thursday by the city’s health department.

Heroin overdoses killed 420 people in the city in 2013, the highest in a decade, the department said. It was the most common substance tied to overdose deaths, involved in 54 percent of them.

Aug 26, 2014

NYC police union blasts mayor, urges Democrats to snub convention bid

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A New York City police union leader on Tuesday castigated Mayor Bill de Blasio and his bid to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention, saying the city was losing ground in the fight against crime since he took office in January.

Ed Mullins, the president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, leveled the criticism of the mayor in an open letter published in the New York Times. It was the latest example of heated language directed at the mayor from the city’s two largest police unions in the wake of an unarmed man’s death during an arrest last month.

Aug 22, 2014

Sharpton adapts adversarial style to de Blasio’s New York

NEW YORK (Reuters) – It was not the first time the Reverend Al Sharpton made his way to City Hall in a fiery mood to scold a mayor about New York City police officers killing an unarmed black man.

Still, something about Sharpton’s appearance with Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton late last month left some observers, and possibly even some of the participants, feeling off-kilter.