Crime New York police deploy more than 600 officers to patrol subways after stabbings
Shock as historic charges against Kenyan police dropped
The case was unprecedented in the years-long campaign against police impunity in Kenya -- a record 15 officers ordered to stand trial, accused of a terrifying rampage through a family home. Never had so many officers -- nearly an entire station in western Kenya -- faced criminal charges over a single act of alleged police brutality. The victims filed into a courtroom in February expecting to witness a rare and historic moment of justice. © TONY KARUMBA Kenyan police have often been accused of brutality in the past, but charges are rare Instead, they sat in shock as state prosecutors told the court the case was being withdrawn.
More than 600uniformed police officers are being deployed to patrol the subway system in the wake of last week’s deadly stabbings.
Two people were killed and four were injured in a rash of stabbing attacks over the weekend. All of the victims appeared to be homeless.
Transit Chief Kathleen O'Reilly said 644 officers will patrol platforms, inspect trains, secure entryways and ride in subway cars for the “foreseeable future.”
But homeless advocates argued the heavy police presence won't protect vagrants in need of shelter.
“Mayor de Blasio and Governor Cuomo need to respond not with more stigmatization and callousness toward people without homes, or heavy-handed police removals, but with real and immediate access to housing for unsheltered New Yorkers,” Giselle Routhier, policy director at the Coalition for the Homeless in New York, told ABC News.
Buffalo Police Officers Who Pushed Elderly Protester to the Ground Have Charges Against Them Dismissed
Officers Aaron Torglaski and Robert McCabe pleaded not guilty to second-degree assault last year Torglaski and McCabe were charged in June after footage surfaced of two Buffalo police officers knocking down 75-year-old Martin Gugino during a protest against racial injustice. Flynn said in a press conference on Thursday that despite the failure to indict, he believes that the assault warranted the felony charges that he filed. "The video speaks for itself," Flynn said, per NPR. "If the individual victim is 65 years or older and the perpetrators are 10 years younger, then it reaches that felony level.
She pointed out that officials have promised time and time again to prevent violent crimes like last weekend’s stabbings from occurring.
“These devastating attacks are a reminder that failing to offer the dignity and safety of a real home during this historic pandemic is literally a matter of life and death,” she added.
The Salvation Army Greater New York Division also slammed the move to increase the number of officers on subways.
"The vast majority of unhoused people are peaceful and penalizing poverty will not solve the homeless crisis in New York City," a Salvation Army spokesperson told ABC News.
Capitol Police officers issued votes of no confidence against top leaders following their response to the Capitol riot
Officers voted they lacked confidence in several top leaders, including acting Chief Yoganada Pittman, CNN reported.According to the report, no-confidence votes of varying totals cast by members of the Capitol Police union were issued against acting Chief Yoganada Pittman, two assistant chiefs, three deputy chiefs, and a captain in the division that staffs the Capitol building following ongoing turmoil at the police agency.
The organization said a more effective solution to protecting the vulnerable homeless population is to allocate funds to "expand safe, non-congregate housing for people experiencing homelessness" that will "restore safety and dignity to all."
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) closed the subway overnight during the pandemic, essentially kicking out homeless people who often flock to subway stations for warmth in the cold winter months.
Homeless man Rigoberto Lopez, 21,with the murder of two people on the A subway line last weekend.
Other violent incidents have also been reported over the past few months.
New York police flood subway after spate of stabbings leaves two dead
New York police flood subway after spate of stabbings leaves two deadNew York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said the first attack happened on Friday morning when a 67-year-old man was stabbed by a masked assailant at the West 181st Street station in upper Manhattan. That victim is recovering in the hospital.
Last week a man was stabbed on the 1 train platform at the Christopher Street station in Manhattan and in January a person was caught on body camera footage trying to shove a woman in front of a moving train.
O’Reilly said the new group of patrol officers include 331 Transit Bureau officers and 313 Patrol Bureau cops and they’ll be spread out across the subway system, especially for morning and evening rushes.
She assured the public the Big Apple’s public transit system “remains one of the safest large transit systems in the world,” adding, “When a crime does occur, our officers move swiftly to make immediate arrests.”
The influx of officers is still less than the additional 1,000 officers the MTA asked for.
Daniel Prude death: Grand jury votes not to indict Rochester officers .
A grand jury voted not to indict any officers in the death of Daniel Prude, a Black man who died after police pinned him to the ground in March, New York Attorney General Leticia James said Tuesday. © Family photo/WHAM Daniel Prude's death was ruled a homicide by the Monroe County Medical examiner, according to a copy of the autopsy report obtained by lawyers for his family. "Daniel Prude was in the throes of a mental health crisis and what he needed was compassion, care, and help from trained professionals. Tragically, he received none of those things," James said in a statement.