Family members and victim advocates are alleging police brutality in New York City after a 43-year old father died during or shortly after being allegedly placed in a choke hold by an NYPD officer. Eric Garner was accused of selling illegal cigarettes on a Staten Island sidewalk earlier this month. During an attempt to take him into custody, Garner died. Victim's advocates say that police officers involved in the fatal incident may have been motivated by Garner's race and intimidated by his size.
The family of a 14-year old from the Bronx sat anxiously beside their boy's Jacobi Medical Center hospital bed as he recovered from injuries suffered at the hands of the NYPD. Earlier this month, the boy was shoved into a storefront window after officers of the New York Police Department had detained him. The glass shattered and Payne suffered multiple lacerations to his head and body. One piece of glass actually penetrated his chest cavity and pierced one of his lungs. Witnesses say this is just another case of police brutality in New York City.
In a letter to the City Council, New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly outlined changes to the police department's crash scene investigation protocol. In his letter, dated March 4th, Commissioner Kelly explains that the City is expanding the criteria it uses to determine whether to dispatch its special investigative unit to the scene of a traffic crash.