Thousands of police officers had gathered for the funeral of Officer Miosotis Familia in New York when they heard a song they surely all know too well. A teenager in an apartment a few floors above took the opportunity to blast the N.W.A. classic “F–k tha Police” on repeat in an act of protest against the department.
Residents in Queens, New York rallied together to try and prevent ICE agents from taking a man into custody on his way to trial. NBC News reports that Hardat Sampat, 35, is an undocumented citizen and a Guyanese national. While he was headed to Queens Criminal Court on Tuesday morning, agents from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement department boxed in the car he was in and proceeded to arrest him.
Black and Latinx students in New York public schools only make up 27% and 41% of the population, respectively. However, data shows that they represent 99% of students handcuffed by NYPD school safety agents in 2016.
The New York Civil Liberties Union found that 259 out of 262 “child in crisis” incidents involved Black or Latinx students, according to The New York Daily News.
Apparently, Black Lives Matter groups have even more to be concerned about when it comes to police authorties.
The Guardian reports that New York Police Department officers went undercover to infiltrate small groups of Black Lives Matter activists. The department was then able to gain access to private text messages and offer the locations of certain activists during 2014 and 2015.
While the tensions between Black people and police officers feels like they are at another peak, many have wondered how Black officers of the law feel. Outside of their uniforms, they can easily be mistreated by police just like the rest of us. But they can also perpetuate the same troublesome tactics once they’re on the clock.
Offering a rare glimpse into this unique perspective, a New York Police Officer was recently disciplined after responding to a tweet from the NYPD’s 76th Precinct with the hashtag “#BlackLivesMatter” from her personal Twitter account.
Wali Camara, a deli worker at A&M Deli Grocery in the Bronx, was shot and killed with a NYPD officer’s pistol on Aug. 9. But the person pulling the trigger wasn’t an officer. It was a panhandler that took the officer’s gun out of his holster and fired 15 rounds.
Camara’s family is now suing New York City for $20 million in a wrongful death lawsuit, according to The Grio.
Aml Elsokary has been a member of the NYPD for 11 years. But when she was out of uniform with her son in Brooklyn, that didn’t matter as she was threatened on the street.
Elsokary had just dropped her son off in Brooklyn on Saturday night when he got into a confrontation with Christopher Nelson, 36. As Elsokary tried to intervene, Nelson reportedly told her “ISIS [expletive], I will cut your throat, go back to your country.”
Update: Eric Garner’s daughter, Erica, has released a statement regarding the Justice Department’s decision to switch the investigation team.
My offical statement on todays news on the replacement of federal investigators in the investgation of my father eric garner pic.twitter.com/fZ4pO4I22H
— officialERICA GARNER (@es_snipes) October 25, 2016
Eric Garner was killed on a street corner in New York City more than two years ago when an NYPD officer placed him in an unlawful chokehold. The investigation into the incident has been ongoing since and has barely bore any fruit.
However, the Justice Department’s recent decision to switch out the New York-based FBI investigators with a new team from Washington D.C. already appears to be changing that.
Officials in New York City are condemning the actions of an NYPD officer who fatally shot a 66-year-old black woman who was in need of mental health assistance.