Pretty much everyone in New York has ignored a law restricting the public release of police officer’s disciplinary records for more than 30 years. To be honest, most people probably forgot it was even on the books. However, that all changed once the police reformation activists, and even a judge, requested to get a look into the past of the officer who killed Eric Garner with a chokehold.
In 2013, NYPD officers were in pursuit of Keston Charles, 15, after he reportedly aimed a BB gun at a rival teenager in Brooklyn. During the chase, which ended in front of Charles’ apartment, Officer Jonathan Rivera fired 16 shots from his weapon, three of which his Charles in the buttocks, side and chest.
Newly released video obtained by the New York Daily News shows that Charles was actually running away from Rivera when the shots were fired and had his hands up in the air, with no BB gun in sight.
James P. O’Neill – commonly referred to as “JPo”, which is short for “Jimmy Police” – has been a police officer since 1983. After more than three decades, he will now become the next commissioner of the largest police force in the nation and, arguably, the most recognizable in the world – the NYPD.
Peter Liang was a rookie NYPD officer walking the stairs of the Pink Houses in New York City. After hearing a noise, he drew his gun, pulled his trigger after being startled and the bullet ricocheted and hit Akai Gurley, 28, in the chest. Liang and his partner then debated over who should report the shot before discovering Gurley’s body.
In February, Liang was convicted on a charge of manslaughter. Yesterday, April 19, he evaded jail time completely and was sentenced to 800 hours of community service by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun.
A little over a year ago, Atlanta Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha was charged with resisting arrest by NYPD officers during an incident outside of a nightclub. Officers claimed that Sefolosha charged at them, which required them to arrest him, breaking his ankle and forcing him to miss the NBA playoffs after his right fibula was broken and ankle ligaments were torn, according to the New York Times.
After denying a plea deal, Sefolosha went to trial and was acquitted by a jury of all charges after just 45 minutes of deliberating. Now, the NBA player is filing a $50 million civil suit against the five NYPD officers who arrested him last April.
Last month, a New York mail carrier was arrested by a group of plain clothes NYPD officers while delivering a package. A portion of the exchange was captured on video and placed the department under harsh public scrutiny for the officers’ actions. According to the New York Daily News, the lieutenant that oversaw the arrest has been punished.
Glen Grays, a USPS employee, was delivering packages in Brookyln on St. Patricks Day when he was arrested by NYPD officers. A video taken by a bystander at the scene shows the four plain clothes officers approaching Grays, handcuffing him and claiming that he was resisting arrest.
The New York news station, NY1, is suing the New York Police Department for charging $36,000 to see police body camera footage. A reporter for the news station sent a Freedom of Information Law request to NYPD’s legal office for 190 hours of unedited videos. Four months later, the police department said that they would only show edited clips from the camera for $36,000.
Kadiatou Diallo will never forget the day she lost her son, Amadou Diallo, nor the police officers who killed him, one of whom received a promotion this week.
Law enforcement sources tell NY1’s Dean Meminger that rookie officer Peter Liang has been indicted in the shooting death of Akai Gurley.
Gurley was shot to death in a dark stairwell at the Pink Houses in East New York on November 20.
Investigators say rookie officer Peter Liang was holding his gun in the same hand he was using to open a door when the gun went off, hitting Gurley, who was unarmed.
The NYPD calls the shooting an accident.