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Footage of the wrongful takedown and detainment of tennis star James Blake by an NYPD officer has been released. The video shows undercover officer James Frascatore tackling and slamming Blake to the ground before placing him in handcuffs outside of the Grand Hyatt hotel in midtown Manhattan. Blake was standing in front of the hotel waiting for his ride to the U.S. Open in Flushing Queens. Within 15 minutes, the officers realized they had the wrong guy and released him. NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said that he personally apologized to Blake Thursday.
“I spoke to Mr. Blake a short time ago and personally apologized for yesterday’s incident,” Bratton said in a statement, according to CNN. “Mr. Blake indicated he would be willing to meet with the Internal Affairs Bureau as our investigation continues.”
“We understand why Mr. Blake is troubled by what happened, and we hope he will accept our apology for the incident,” said Karen Hinton, a spokeswoman for the mayor’s office. “Mayor de Blasio’s effort to provide additional training for officers on building trust with minority communities is evidence of his concern.”
The police department said that officers mistook the 35-year-old for a suspect involved in an identity theft ring. Ironically, the suspect who officers mistook the athlete for was also misidentified, and had nothing to do with the scam. Frascatore has been placed on desk duty since the Wednesday incident. According to Page Six, he has also been stripped of his badge and gun pending the outcome of the NYPD’s internal probe.
One NYPD sergeant is facing sex abuse charges after he allegedly threw semen on a female coworker who reportedly declined his romantic advances.
According to the New York Daily News, Sgt. Michael Iscenko, 54, is accused of approaching the victim in a freight elevator at 1 Police Plaza in New York City on January 23 and throwing semen on her. Page Six reports that the fluids landed on her leg and shoe. It is unclear whether the victim was an officer or a civilian employee. Police sources say that the woman reported the incident immediately, and tests confirmed that the substance splattered on her was in fact semen. It is unclear if the semen was Iscenko’s, but the Manhattan district attorney’s office obtained a warrant ordering the divorced sergeant to submit a DNA sample to determine if the substance is a match.
NYPD sources say that the disgraced Sergeant had previously told the victim that he was interested in her.
“He was apparently so enamored by her that he threw semen on her,” the source said.
The suspect was taken into custody Wednesday morning and charged with misdemeanor sex abuse. He pled not guilty at his arraignment Wednesday. Bail was set at $3,000.
Tennis icon James Blake says that he was slammed to the ground and handcuffed after being approached by five plainclothes NYPD officers outside of his hotel in midtown Manhattan Wednesday.
According to the New York Daily News, the officers—who were all white—mistook the 35-year-old for a suspect in an identity theft ring that was operating in the area. Blake was waiting outside of the Grand Hyatt on East 42nd St. for a car to pick him up and to take him to Queens where he was making corporate appearances at the U.S. Open on behalf of Time-Warner Cable.
“It was definitely scary and definitely crazy,” said Blake, who sustained a cut on his left elbow and bruises on his left leg.
When asked if he believes race played a role in the incident, the athlete, who once ranked No. 4 in the world, had this to say:
“I don’t know if it’s as simple as that. To me, it’s as simple as unnecessary police force, no matter what my race is. In my mind, there’s probably a race factor involved, but no matter what there’s no reason for anybody to do that to anybody.”
Just before the incident, Blake shared that he had just finished up answering questions for a writer from a tennis publication and was sending a text message when he looked up and saw a man in shorts charging at him.
“You’d think they could say, ‘Hey, we want to talk to you. We are looking into something. I was just standing there. I wasn’t running. It’s not even close. It’s blatantly unnecessary. You would think at some point they would get the memo that this isn’t okay, but it seems that there’s no stopping it.”
He adds that he was initially under the impression that the man was just someone he went to high school with, but the officer—who was not wearing a badge—picked him up and slammed him to the ground before yelling at him to roll over on his face.
“Don’t say a word,” he recalled the officer saying to him.
“I’m going to do whatever you say. I’m going to cooperate. But do you mind if I ask what this is all about?” Blake responded.
“We’ll tell you. You are in safe hands,” the New York Native recalled the cop telling him.
“I didn’t feel very safe,” said Blake.
The other four officers eventually approached and surrounded him as well. After being handcuffed for approximately 15 minutes, cops realized that he wasn’t the person they were looking for and released him. The NYPD has since released a statement regarding the incident.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) September 9, 2015
NYPD Deputy Chief Kim Royster is making history with her forthcoming promotion.
The commanding officer of the NYPD’s Public Information Office and mother of two will be promoted to chief by the end of the month, making her the highest-ranking black woman in uniform in NYPD history.
Royster has nearly 30 years of experience under her belt, starting her career with the NYPD in 1985 as a police administrative aide. Since her start, the now veteran has been credited for being at the forefront of the NYPD gun buypack program, which is responsible for taking more than 8,000 weapons off the streets.
Her promotion will include a transfer to the NYPD Personnel Division, where she will be responsible for handling the recruitment process for police officers. While Royster declined commenting on her recent promotion, she did say that she was looking forward to her new position. The new assignment follows Commissioner Bill Bratton’s promise to diversify the force. However, a police source told the Daily News that Royster wasn’t given the job because of her race but instead her “macro view of the department.”
There’s a lot of talk surrounding diversity — or lack there of — in the police force and how employing more minorities could combat police misconduct. The problem is though, according to New York Police Department chief William Bratton (above behind the microphones), is that many Black men are not eligible to become cops because of their criminal record.
“We have a significant population gap among African-American males because so many of them have spent time in jail and, as such, we can’t hire them,” Bratton is quoted in an interview with The Guardian.
Responding to widespread protests against several high-profile Black deaths at the hands of police, police departments augmented efforts to recruit non-white officers. However, a handful of hurdles are making the employment of Black police officers challenging. These obstacles include budget restrictions and the tense rapport between cops and the Black community.
Bratton also pointed out another glaring hurdle: too many Black men have been incarcerated. The NYPD chief admitted that this is a result of the controversial “stop-and-frisk” tactics, a practice that was ruled unconstitutional in 2013, which disproportionately targeted African Americans and Latinos.
As a result, Bratton said the “population pool [of eligible non-white officers] is much smaller than it might ordinarily have been”.
A convicted felon’s application is automatically tossed aside. Candidates who are guilty of domestic violence or dishonorably charged from the military also get rejected. Summonses, on the other hand, don’t automatically rule out an applicant, but they are taken into account during the vetting process.
Blacks are more likely to be taken in for low-level crimes, such as drinking on a stoop or smoking a joint, thanks to a strategy known as “broken windows.”
“Blacks and Hispanics [in NYC] received the vast majority of summonses for scores of common offenses, such as disorderly conduct (88%), loitering (89%), spitting (92%) and failure to have a dog license (91%),” according to NY Daily News.
“If [Bratton] didn’t stop people for nothing, he might have a bigger pool to hire from,” said Rochelle Bilal, vice-chair of the National Black Police Association and a former Philadelphia police officer. “It is a net that he set out for them.”
Though Bratton agreed to nix stop and frisk, broken windows, he says, is here to stay.
Robert Gangi, an anti-broken windows advocate, said jailing minorities for seemingly innocuous crimes hinders recruitment: “…The antagonism in the black community toward the police is a principal factor in why so few black men want to become police officers.”
In a follow up, the Daily News reports that Bratton says the article online is a “total misrepresentation” of what the Guardian printed. Nonetheless, he says the issue with Black men and their criminal history is the case.
“That’s well known… That’s not a byproduct of stop-and-frisk,” he said.
A mother’s attempt to show her son tough love ended with her being arrested and losing custody of her children.
According to The Huffington Post, Tyeesha Mobley called the authorities on her son Keyshawn, whom she hoped to teach a lesson about stealing, after she caught him trying to take $10 from her purse. Mobley and her two children met four responding officers at a nearby gas station and at first, things seemed to go well.
The mom claims that three of the four officers played along, but things went left shortly after the lighthearted exchange.
“Three of them was joking around with my son,” said Mobley, who went on to say that one officer told Keyshawn he would “end up in the police car” if he continued to steal.
The fourth officer, however, became irate over Mobley calling them in the first place.
“This is not our job,” Mobley claims the officer said. “You black b-tches don’t know how to take care of your kids.”
“You need to call the kids’ father, not us,” the officer allegedly went on. “We can’t raise your kids. Why are you wasting our time? We aren’t here to raise your kid. Why don’t you take your f-cking kid and leave!”
After noticing how irate the officer became, Mobley attempted to take her children and head back to their apartment, but she was stopped.
“Oh, where do you think you’re going?” the officer asked before putting her in handcuffs.
Naturally, she asked why she was being arrested, but her questions were only met with threats.
“If you’re going to say another f-cking word,” the officer allegedly said, “I’m going to knock your teeth down your throat.”
Mobley was tossed into the patrol car and kicked by the officer as her children looked on.
Another officer reportedly drove up during the incident and told the office arresting Mobley: “We are not supposed to act like this.”
“Black bitches like that,” the arresting officer allegedly responded. “This is how I treat them.”
The nightmare didn’t end there, unfortunately. Mobley was charged with child endangerment and lost custody of her boys for four long months that she says “felt like four years.” The charges were dismissed months later, but not before her boys were placed in the custody of a foster mother who Mobley says only spoke Spanish and mistreated them.
Last week, the mother of two filed a lawsuit against the NYPD Bronx Superior Court in which she claims that her family was “destroyed” by the experience.
“I just didn’t want my kids getting incarcerated,” she said of making the 911 call that would eventually change her life. “The one person who I thought would help me turned their backs on me.”
Mobley and her children are now in therapy trying to recover from the experience, which occurred nearly one year ago.
Update-3/23/2015: MadameNoire reached out to Akilah Brock’s attorney Michael S.Lamonsoff about the case and he revealed Brock was able to retrieve her car after she was discharged from Harlem Hospital. Attorney Lamonsoff also shared the incident has taken an emotional toll on Brock and prior to her release from the psych ward, her friends and family tried to have her released but were not successful. Because Brock’s lawsuit against the City Of New York is at federal level, the NYPD has not released a statement about the incident. Also, it should be noted the police officers did not test Brock for drugs or alcohol when she was initially pulled over.
Original Report- 3/23/2015:
In September 2014, 32-year-old Akilah Brock had her 2003 BMW 325Ci seized by the New York Police Department in Harlem because they suspected she was high on marijuana. Although they didn’t find marijuana or any illegal substances when her car was searched, police officers still confiscated her car. The day after her BMW was seized, Brock went to the NYPD’s Public Service Area 6 stationhouse in Harlem to retrieve her car and she soon found herself in an unimaginable situation: handcuffed and sent in an ambulance to Harlem Hospital’s psych ward.
Though Brock admitted she was a bit emotional about losing her car, she’s sure she didn’t behave in a manner that warranted police allegedly holding her down and a doctor inserting a needle into her while she was in the ambulance. Brock claims to have been knocked out by the sedative and when she awoke, she says she saw the doctor take off her underwear. Drifting in and out of consciousness, Brock says when she woke up again she found herself in Harlem Hospital with a robe on.
For eight days, Brock was held at Harlem Hospital and had to attend group therapy sessions while enduring injections of sedatives along with the drugs lorazepam and lithium. After the eighth day, doctors told Brock she was allowed to leave but didn’t give her a reason. Hospital documents show Brock was given the “master’s treatment plan” and noted to have the inability to test reality and was unemployed.
The New York Daily News reports the hospital’s case file for Brock stated: “Patient will verbalize the importance of education for employment and will state that Obama is not following her on Twitter.” The psych ward of Harlem Hospital believed Brock was delusional and suffered from bipolar disorder. The doctors didn’t believe President Obama followed Brock on Twitter and they were skeptical that she was employed at Astoria Bank. Brock told the New York Daily News: “I told (the doctor) Obama follows me on Twitter to show her the type of person I am. I’m a good person, a positive person. Obama follows positive people!”
Because of the ordeal, Brock is suing the City Of New York and Harlem Hospital for the treatment she endured. Harlem Hospital also charged Brock with a bill of $13,637.10, but decline to comment on the case. New York City’s Law Department plans to review Brock’s lawsuit.
According to Capital, computer operating at the NYPD Headquarters, 1 Police Plaza have been used to change Wikipedia pages for Eric Garner, Sean Bell and others.
The site is reporting,
Computers operating on the New York Police Department’s computer network at its 1 Police Plaza headquarters have been used to alter Wikipedia pages containing details of alleged police brutality
“The matter is under internal review,” an NYPD spokeswoman, Det. Cheryl Crispin, wrote in an email to Capital after examples of the changes were presented to the NYPD.
The edits and changes were linked to the NYPD through a series of Internet Protocol addresses, or IP addresses, which can be publicly tracked by various websites. (Here, for example, is one website that shows a number of IP addresses registered to the NYPD.) IP addresses can locate where a computer is when it connects to the Internet.
Computer users identified by Capital as working on the NYPD headquarters’ network have edited and attempted to delete Wikipedia entries for several well-known victims of police altercations, including entries for Eric Garner, Sean Bell, and Amadou Diallo. Capital identified 85 NYPD addresses that have edited Wikipedia, although it is unclear how many users were involved, as computers on the NYPD network can operate on the department’s range of IP addresses.
NYPD IP addresses have also been used to edit entries on stop-and-frisk, NYPD scandals, and prominent figures in the city’s political and police leadership.
There are more than 15,000 IP addresses registered to the NYPD, which employs 50,000 people, including uniformed officers and civilians. Notable Wikipedia activity was linked to about a dozen of those NYPD IP addresses.
On the evening of Dec. 3, hours after a Staten Island grand jury ruled not to indict NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner, a user on the 1 Police Plaza network made multiple edits, visible here and here, to the “Death of Eric Garner” Wikipedia entry. The edits, all concerning the actions of Eric Garner and the police officers involved in the confrontation, are as follows:
● “Garner raised both his arms in the air” was changed to “Garner flailed his arms about as he spoke.”
● “[P]ush Garner’s face into the sidewalk” was changed to “push Garner’s head down into the sidewalk.”
● “Use of the chokehold has been prohibited” was changed to “Use of the chokehold is legal, but has been prohibited.”
● The sentence, “Garner, who was considerably larger than any of the officers, continued to struggle with them,” was added to the description of the incident.
● Instances of the word “chokehold” were replaced twice, once to “chokehold or headlock,” and once to “respiratory distress.”
It looks like someone within the NYPD is trying to cover their tracks. This only makes the officers involved look more suspicious and guilty. What do you guys think?
The tactics of an unscrupulous New York City police officer is going to cost the city $17 million.
According to New York City comptroller, Scott M. Stringer, the city has agreed to pay $17 million to settle three claims based on wrongful criminal convictions.
“The settlements were reached with three defendants whose cases involved Louis Scarcella, the retired homicide detective whose investigative tactics have come under question and whose cases are being reviewed by the Brooklyn district attorney’s office,” reports The New York Times.
Robert Hill, Alvena Jennette, and Darryl Austin, who are half brothers, spent a combined total of 60 years in prison. And one (Austin) died there. Their false convictions, made in the 1980s, were vacated by a judge in May.
There are even more similar cases being investigated by the office of Kenneth P. Thompson, the Brooklyn district attorney. In all the office is looking into 130 convictions, including 70 cases in which Scarcella was actively involved in.
If more convictions are overturned, it could be very costly to the city.
“Clearly, our heart goes out to those who have been wrongfully incarcerated,” Stringer said. “We are also very concerned about the impact these cases will have on the fiscal health of the city.”
The city has settled a string of recent cases. In fact, these latest settlements are the third, fourth and fifth prelitigation deals in major civil rights cases reached by Stringer since he took office a year ago.
“The two earlier prelitigation deals were a $6.4 million settlement last February with David Ranta, who was imprisoned for 23 years after being wrongfully convicted of murder, and a $2.25 million agreement in October with the family of Jerome Murdough, a homeless veteran who died at Rikers Island in an overheated jail cell,” reports The Times.
Then there is the $75 million claim filed by the family of Eric Garner, an unarmed man who died following an officer used a chokehold by police on Staten Island.
Two New York City Police officers lost their lives to a senseless act of violence Saturday afternoon.
Wenjian Liu and Rafel Ramos, were sitting in a marked police vehicle around 3 p.m, in Brooklyn, NY, when they were both shot in the head.
The killer, Ismaayil Brinkley shot the officers execution-style with no warning. Several news outlets are reporting the shooting was premeditated. Reportedly, Brinkley instagramed a photo of a gun with the caption “I’m Putting Wings on Pigs today. They take 1 of ours…Let’s take 2 of theirs.” Apparently, he shot the cops in response to the death of Eric Gardener and Mike Brown.
In a statement, Mike Brown’s family condemned the shooting.
“We reject any kind of violence directed toward members of law enforcement. It cannot be tolerated. We must work together to bring peace to our communities,” read the statement from the family. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the officers’ families during this incredibly difficult time.”
After shooting the police officers, Brinkley ran into the subway where he shot himself in the head on the platform. Police also believe Ismaayil shot and killed his ex-girlfriend in Baltimore earlier in the day.
According to police officers, Brinkley had a long criminal record, including multiple arrests for robbery and assault.
Yesterday, we reported police supporters wore “I can Breathe” t-shirts to a protest. Now, we report this. It’s truly sad to hear that we are not finding peaceful and meaningful ways to fix the problems in our nation. Our prayers are not only with the family of #MikeBrown #EricGardener #TroyDavis #Seanbell #JordanDavis #TrayvonMartin #EmmettTill but also the family of the police officers.