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NYPD urged to step up body-worn camera pilot after chokehold death

NYPD badge camerasHad the death of 43-year-old Eric Garner not been caught on film, calls to outfit New York Police Department officers with cameras might have quietly faded. Instead, a bystander captured Garner locked in a chokehold as he repeated: “I can’t breathe.”

Garner’s encounter with police – ruled a homicide by the New York city medical examiner – is not the only one that has resulted in visceral video. A driver captured a California highway patrol officer punching a woman repeatedly as she shielded her face with her arms. Two weeks after the video of Garner went viral, building residents filmed the NYPD dragging a Brooklyn grandmother out of her apartment in her underwear.

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Witness To Mike Brown’s Shooting Provides Graphic Details Of Killing To Mainstream Media

Michael BrownIn an interview with MSNBC that was published Tuesday morning, Dorian Johnson, a friend of Mike Brown, provided details of the shooting that killed the unarmed Brown on Saturday afternoon in Ferguson, MO. Johnson, 22, was with Brown that day when the two were stopped by a Ferguson police officer while walking to Brown’s grandmother’s home.

Johnson claims that the police officer told the two to get on the sidewalk as they were walking down the middle of the street. After the two had told the officer that they were nearly at their destination, the officer pulled away in his car but then slammed on the brakes and backed his vehicle back up to them.

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Legendary actress Lauren Bacall has died at 89

lauren BacallLegendary film star Lauren Bacall has died, the Humphrey Bogart Estate has confirmed . She was 89.

"With deep sorrow for the magnitude of our loss, yet with great gratitude for her amazing life, we confirm the passing of Lauren Bacall," the Estate posted on Facebook.

The Hollywood Reporter and Variety reported she died of a suspected stroke Tuesday morning at her New York home.

Known for her husky voice and sizzling looks, Bacall started out as a model and then broke out as a leading lady opposite Humphrey Bogart in her first film, 1944's To Have and To Have Not. The two had a whirlwind romance and wed the following year, but it wasn't without scandal. When they met, she was 19 and he was 44 -- and an unhappily married man.

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Minnesota teen gets less than 1 year in jail for raping two girls

Michael Stucky, Jr.A Minnesota judge has sentenced a confessed rapist to 361 days in jail - the equivalent of time served - to spare his victims the ordeal of testifying.

Michael Stucky, 19, was immediately released from a Dakota County jail after pleading to guilty to two counts of criminal sexual conduct on Monday.

County Attorney James Backstrom said he supported the plea agreement, as did the girls' parents.

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Facebook rallies social media allies in fight over NYC police search warrants

Facebook fighting NYPDFishing for marlin. Teaching karate. Flying helicopters.

Such are the activities you should not participate in – or at least brag about on Facebook – when fraudulently collecting disability payments from the government.

But that’s exactly what at least 106 New York City police officers, firefighters, and other civil servants had been doing for years, according to Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., who indicted the alleged fraudsters in January.

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DEA improperly paid $854,460 for passenger lists

DEA paid for passenger listsThe Drug Enforcement Administration paid an Amtrak secretary $854,460 over nearly 20 years to obtain confidential information about train passengers, which the DEA could have lawfully obtained for free through a law enforcement network, The Associated Press has learned.

The employee was not publicly identified except as a "secretary to a train and engine crew" in a report on the incident by Amtrak's inspector general. The secretary was allowed to retire, rather than face administrative discipline, after the discovery that the employee had effectively been acting as an informant who "regularly" sold private passenger information since 1995 without Amtrak's approval, according to a one-paragraph summary of the matter.

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Robin Williams Found Dead in Possible Suicide

Robin WilliamsVeteran film and television comedic actor Robin Williams was found dead on Monday. He was 63.

The cause of death is believed to be suicide via asphyxiation, according to the coroner’s office in Tiburon, Calif. He was found in his home.

According to his publicist, who confirmed the news, the actor had been battling depression of late and recently entered 12-step rehab stint for drug abuse.

His wife Susan Schneider said in a statement, “I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”

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