The shooting took place on Hart St. in the Bushwick section at about 3 p.m. as cops were responding to a harassment call.
The 35-year-old man police were aiming for was acting erratically around the Port Authority Bus Terminal at 42nd St. and 8th Ave., sources say. Witnesses heard four shots, and two women, ages 54 and 35, were struck.
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Two bystanders were reportedly shot when NYPD police officers fired at a man on 8th Ave. and 42nd St. in Times Square on Saturday. A witness says this woman dropped to ground when the shots rang out.
SOURCE – Two NYPD cops opened fire at a man who was “agitated and flailing his arms” a block away from Times Square Saturday night — and instead struck a pair of innocent bystanders, cop sources said.
The 35-year-old man was acting erratically in the middle of Eighth Ave. at W. 42nd St. about 9:36 p.m. when he was confronted by the officers, witnesses and sources said.
A police source said the man “was agitated and flailing his arms.”
Witnesses heard four shots.
The officer fired shots at the vehicle as it fled the scene
A police officer was struck by a vehicle while on patrol in Queens Thursday night, law enforcement officials say.
The officer was near 37th Avenue and 27th Street in Astoria when the vehicle hit him, then fled, officials said.
The officer fired shots at the vehicle; it wasn’t clear if anyone was hit.
The officer was taken to Cornell Hospital. His condition was not immediately known.
The vehicle has been recovered; it’s not clear if a suspect was in custody.
On-duty members of the NYPD’s Queens Warrant Squad were spotted outside a city courthouse last week wearing T-shirts imprinted with a Ernest Hemingway quote, that in the context of the officers’ work, could be considered very disturbing:
“There is no hunting like the hunting of man, and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never care for anything else thereafter.”
Tipsters, who passed along the photo below to Gothamist and SocialistWorker.org, said that the cops had badges around their necks, and that words on the front of their T-shirts read, “Fugitive Enforcement NYPD.”
May 12, 2013
A number of mock posters have been popping up in New York City subways which effectively bring awareness to very real events like the recent odorless gas ‘terror drill’ by the NYPD as well as existing nuclear threats to the city.
I was first alerted to these posters via news tips, where readers were wondering what the deal was with the strange and Orwellian posters. Well as the hashtag ’#Greywater’ reveals, which is placed at the bottom of the poster, these posters are definitely not ‘official’ posters placed by the NYPD or the city itself. Instead, they are likely marketing tools for the Greywater alternative energy company (finding their website was pretty simple), but they are also quite informative. Checkout one of the posters warning of a terror drill involving odorless and ‘harmless’ gas, which is actually based on a real police test as reported on by RT.
What’s great about these posters is that they turn on the brain of the average passerby who would have otherwise continued on without a single thought on the subject. I would even imagine that many citizens of the city had no idea that the NYPD announced the real drill back in April of this year. The best part is that the poster isn’t much different from the real announcement. Citizens were basically told very few details beyond the fact that the police will be releasing odorless and ‘harmless’ gas throughout the city on 3 non-consecutive days in order to conduct a terror test.
There’s also a poster centered around nuclear concerns that plays on New York City’s close vicinity to nuclear power plants, which the Physicians For Social Responsibility website shows could lead to the emergency evacuation of over 17 million people in the event of a major plant incident that allowed for evacuations. A scenario that would quickly turn chaotic in a major city where citizens are entirely unprepared for any major event. You can see this one below:
While these posters are obviously created by entities outside of the New York City government, and most likely printed up by the Greywater company to perhaps generate awareness and create a viral marketing campaign, I think they’re effective in inciting some conversation. Twitter is already on the case, asking what the heck is up with the random posters, and hopefully the question will soon turn from ‘what are these posters’ to questions over the reality of the issues mentioned by the posters.
Originally appeared at Story Leak.
April 2, 2013
A mother has sued the New York Police Department for using pepper-spray on her 2-year- and 5-month old babies after cops accused her of turnstile jumping.
Marilyn Taylor filed a lawsuit in federal court against the NYPD and Officers Maripily Clase, Suranjit Dey and Jermaine Hodge, according to Courthouse News Service.
On August 9, according to Taylor, police confronted her as she prepared to board a Manhattan-bound L train. “The aggressiveness of the officers’ demeanors had upset the four-year-old daughter, and her mother bent down to console her and tell her, ‘everything will be OK,” the complaint states.
The police confronted her on suspicion of skipping a fare after they saw Taylor pushing a stroller through a service entrance instead of going through a turnstile.
In response, Officer Dey pepper-sprayed Taylor and her family. “The pepper-spray caused the children to scream out and choked the two-year old, who went into fits of vomiting,” the complaint states. Taylor was knocked to her knees and nearly fell off the subway platform.
The police then arrested Taylor and continued to abuse her. ”Ms. Taylor was then placed in handcuffs as the minor children cried in fear and pain.” She claims Officers Hodge and Dey pushed her down the stairway so violently she suffered bruised wrists from the handcuffs and injury to her lower back.
“After the attack, mother and father suffered ongoing eye injuries and all three children suffer emotional harms, and are now afraid to ride the subways and become afraid when they see police officers. The four year-old cried herself to sleep for weeks, and after the incident the two-year-old began waking up in the night crying for her mother,” the complaint states.
Following the incident, Taylor says police continued to harass her. “Since the incident, plaintiffs have suffered repeated harassment from the officer defendants, forcing them to avoid the MTA through the Atlantic Avenue stop,” according to the complaint.
The Taylor family is seeking punitive damages for civil rights violations, battery, assault, negligence, and violations of the New York State and U.S. Constitution.