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Sep 20, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Man rapes, robs woman after climbing into Bronx apartment window


A gun-toting serial sex attacker climbed through a Bronx woman’s window from the fire escape, raped her — and then asked to see her again, sources said.


The terrifying attack was one of two police have linked to the same suspect. On Wednesday, cops released new video of the suspect they are seeking, showing him meandering up a set of stairs in a Bronx building.


The 29-year-old victim woke up in her apartment on Thieriot Ave. in Soundview at about 1 a.m. on Sept. 10 and was shocked to find the man standing in front of her.


He had crawled in through her unlocked bedroom window from the fire escape, police and sources said.

Correction officer says multiple men blinded, raped her


She didn’t have her contact lenses in and the room was dark so she couldn’t see him clearly, sources said. He shined a flashlight tied to a gun into her eyes.


As her mother and sister slept in the next room, he commanded her to turn over any cash she had in the apartment. She went to a drawer and handed him the 0 she had stashed there.


He then ordered her to touch herself, pulled down his pants and raped her. Then he bizarrely said he wanted to see her again before leaving through the same window, sources said.


The victim called a friend in tears who consoled her and encouraged her to report the the crime to police, which she did about 10 a.m., sources said.

Police search for sex assault suspect in Central Park


Investigators believe the same man tried to rape a 20-year-old woman nearby last year. She was in her apartment on Taylor Ave. when the man climbed through a window into her kitchen at about 1:30 a.m. Nov. 16.


He forced the woman to touch his genitals and masturbated before leaving via the fire escape, police said.


The victim in the Sept. 10 incident described her attacker as about 5-foot-7, burly and dressed in dark clothing, sources said. Police said he is black with a medium build and was wearing a green T-shirt and faded blue jeans.


Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.

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Sep 19, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: QUIZ: How many D train stops can you name?


It’s easy to overlook the D. While it vies for glory during the subway race on the Yankee Stadium scoreboard, the D train still racks up losses despite being an express in Manhattan. The D has to share most of its stops with the more commuter-minded B train.


But we have a soft spot for the D. Who doesn’t have fond memories of summers gone — eating a hotdog and dodging carny requests along the boardwalk at Coney Island?


Test your knowledge of the D train on our MTA quiz and prove that it will not be forgotten.


As with all these subway stop quizzes, no need to remember if your stop is a street, avenue, center or court — we’re looking for just the stop name here. Also, if you think something might be abbreviated, spell it out. And finally: You only need either part of hyphenated station names.




» View all the Daily News quizzes.


Note: If you can’t see this quiz on your mobile phone,find the MTA D line stops quiz here. Next quiz: How many neighborhoods in Brooklyn can you name?

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Sep 19, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Teen stabbed Bronx student outside school during fight over girl


The fight that left a 10th grader stabbed in the chest outside his Bronx high school was over a girl, sources said Tuesday.


The bloody attack happened outside Metropolitan High School on Rev. James A. Polite Ave. by Home St. in Foxhurst just before 2:40 p.m. Monday, police sources said.


The 17-year-old victim confronted Alpha Doumbia, also 17, about a girlfriend they had in common, according to sources.


Doumbia confessed to cops that he stabbed the teen with a knife that he claimed to have found on the street.

Man stabs 16-year-old boy for not giving him a beer in Manhattan


The victim was stabbed twice in the ribs and slashed across his chest and his right hand.


Medics took the sophomore to Lincoln Medical Center in critical condition. He was rushed into surgery with air and blood leaking into the space between one lung and his chest.


His condition later stabilized but he remains critical, authorities said. Doctors placed a stent in his lungs to relieve pressure and swelling.


Authorities charged Doumbia with felony assault. He was awaiting arraignment Tuesday.

Two cuffed for fatally knifing grandma, injuring grandson on L.I.


The victim has no criminal record.


Early Tuesday, five school safety officers, including a supervisor, and two school administrators stood outside the school entrance as kids arrived this morning.


As part of a clear increase in security at the school, a School Safety van circled the block and another very large school safety van — the size of a crime scene truck — also passed the school.


Jo Jo Banks, 17, a senior, said her mom heard about the stabbing on the news this morning and told her what happened:


“When I heard about it I was like, Alpha?” she said. “I was surprised. He’s a good kid.”


“He’d have fights here and there, like fist fights, but never with a knife. I never thought he would stab somebody.”


“He’s quiet, he’s nice,” she added. “I didn’t expect that from him.”


Banks said Doumbia is a junior and started at Metropolitan last year, she said. She did not see the fight.


She said the school is not equipped with metal detectors, and bags are not checked. 

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Sep 18, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Bronx teen stabs classmate in chest outside their high school


A Bronx teenager stabbed one of his classmates in the chest outside their high school Monday afternoon, police sources said.


The bloody attack happened outside Metropolitan High School, on Rev. James A. Polite Ave. by Home St. in Foxhurst just before 2:40 p.m., where both the victim and attacker attend classes, police sources said.


Medics took the 17-year-old victim to Lincoln Hospital in critical condition. He was rushed into surgery, and his condition has stabilized.


Cops arrested Alpha Doumbia, also 17, charging him with felony assault.


School administrators are working with the police, Department of Education spokeswoman Miranda Barbot said.


“The NYPD immediately responded to an off-site incident near Metropolitan High School in the Bronx,” she said. “The safety of students and staff is our top priority, and an individual involved was transported to the hospital and is being treated.”

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Sep 18, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Mentally ill man killed by NYPD Taser ignites wrongful death suit


The family of a mentally ill Bronx man who died after a cop subdued him with a stun gun will file a wrongful death suit against the NYPD and the officer who used the device.


The state attorney general’s office has already indicated that it would not prosecute Sgt. William Melrose for his role in the Nov. 2 incident that led to Ariel Galarza’s death.


But the victim’s sister Mildred Galarza said the ruling doesn’t make the cop any less responsible for her brother’s death.


“It’s been very terrible,” Galarza said. “Too many families are going through this. Every time another mentally ill person is killed by the police it is a constant reminder of what happened to my brother.”

AG’s office clears NYPD in death of Bronx man Tasered by police


Ariel Galarza, who suffered from a learning disability, died after Melrose zapped him with a Taser three times in less than a minute.


Police were called to the Mayflower Ave. building, where Galarza lived with his family, by a neighbor who mistakenly thought he was holding a knife while acting erratically.


The suspected knife was actually a 12-ounce glass bottle of hot sauce. The neighbor apologized to the Galarza family for the deadly error.


When Melrose let off the first shock, Ariel Galarza dropped the bottle. The unarmed man was then handcuffed and struck two more times by Melrose.

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The electric shocks put the 49-year-old man into cardiac arrest and he died, according to the lawsuit being filed Monday in Bronx Supreme Court.


“Sgt. William Melrose was in violation of police guidelines and protocol relating to the use or discharge of a Taser and/or another conductive energy device,” the lawsuit says.


Last month, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office notified the Galarza family that it will not prosecute Melrose.


Under a 2015 executive order by Gov. Cuomo, the attorney general’s office investigates cases where an unarmed citizen is killed by a police officer.

Sister of NYC man Tasered to death by cop seeks justice


“The fact that the attorney general’s office did not pursue a criminal prosecution regarding the killing of Ariel Galarza does not mean that civil liability for his wrongful death does not exist,” said Sanford Rubenstein, the family’s attorney.


Rubenstein is also calling on the department to train all of their officers on the proper use of Tasers, not just supervisors.


“We will review the papers when they are filed and served,” said a spokeswoman with the city’s Law Department.


Mildred Galarza said she hopes the lawsuit will prevent similar tragedies.

Activists set to protest police violence toward mentally ill


“People are scared to call 911 for help,” she said. “There needs to be better training and a better system in place.”

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Sep 17, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: CARIBBEAT: Post-Irma aid is Carib-bound


Help for the Hurricane Irma-battered Caribbean is on the way to the region — coming through diaspora concerts, relief efforts and governmental commitments.


Over the coming months, I’ll detail initiatives, like these:


Soca for Life relief concert


Internationally renowned entertainer Lyrikal and fellow soca star Kerwin Dubois are presenting a Queens concert today benefiting the Rotary Club’s District 7020, which is operating relief efforts in the Caribbean’s Irma-hit areas.


The Soca for Life Benefit Concert will be held at the Mazi Night Club, 130-35 91st Ave. in Richmond Hill from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. — hosted by popular Caribbean comedian Majah Hype and starring Skinny Fabulous, Mr. Legz, Problem Child, Twists, One Voice, Teddyson John, Ricardo Drue, Lyrikal and Dubois and others. For tickets, visit http://bit.ly/socaforlife.


Lyrikal has also partnered with the West Indian American Day Carnival Association and the Caribbean American Center of New York to collect material and monetary donations (of any amount). For a list of needed items — such as nonperishable food and water — and drop-off locations, call WIADCA at 718) 467-1797 and CACNY at (718) 625-1515.


Invest Caribbean Now aiding St. Martin


With French St. Martin’s hurricane victims in mind, the Invest Caribbean Now global private sector agency has set up a GoFundMe page to “help the tens of thousands who have lost everything.”


The fund-raising effort — which will benefit the global nonprofit Samaritan’s Purse organization — which has been flying plane loads of emergency goods to the French territory in the wake of the deadly storm.


“Every single dime raised will go to help fund the immediate needs of those affected by the category 5 storm and will be disbursed to Samaritan’s Purse,” said ICN founder Felicia Persaud, who urged all firms that conduct business in the Caribbean to pitch in and help storm survivors in St. Martin, Dutch St. Maarten, the British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Barbuda, Haiti, Cuba and the U.S. Virgin Islands “who are in need of the basic amenities to survive, including water, food, cleaning supplies and clothing. The situation is dire,” she said.


In 2015, ICN and the St. Martin’s Office of Tourism held an Invest Caribbean Now conference touting many development opportunities to international investors.


To contribute to the Invest Caribbean Now GoFundMe aid for hurricane victims in St. Martin, visit www.gofundme.com/caribbeanhurricanerelieffund



Gov. Cuomo vows to help USVI


Calling the Hurricane Irma damage “much worse” than that suffered by the mainland United States, Gov. Cuomo and New York State made commitments to aid the U.S. territory.


Cuomo — who traveled to the U.S. Virgin Islands last week, met with Brooklyn-born USVI Gov. Kenneth Mapp, residents and witnessed the devastation on St. Thomas and St. John firsthand — announced that 100 National Guard troops and 30 State Police officers will be sent to St. Thomas to help with security. Cuomo also said New York State would stand by the USVI on its “long road to rebuild.” Individuals and organizations can contribute to the official USVI recovery effort by visiting www.usvirecovery.org


Help Barbuda by visiting Antigua


Tourism to Antigua can help fuel recovery efforts for storm-battered Barbuda, explained Asot Michael, Antigua and Barbuda’s Minister of Tourism, noting that tourists who visit and spend money in damaged-spared Antigua can benefit Barbuda, which was it extremely hard by the storm.


“Many have asked how they might be able to support recovery efforts in Barbuda and the answer is simple: come visit Antigua,” said Michael. “Antigua was blessed that it suffered no major damage and was opened later in the day after Irma passed. It remains the paradise it always was, and is open and warmly welcoming tourists from around the world.”


“Every dollar spent in Antigua by visitors will go a long way to help the country fully recover from Hurricane Irma,” said the minister, adding that others can donate to charitable organizations by visiting www.abconsulate.nyc



Anguillans work to restore homeland


Anguilla Progressive Association of New York, endorsed by the government of Anguilla, is an official hurricane relief organization for the restoration of Anguilla. To donate and more information, visit www.apanydonate.org. The APANY, which provides educational and social assistance to Anguillans at home and abroad, was started in 1996 in response to the destructive Hurricane Luis.


Caymans hospital joins relief effort


Health City Cayman Islands hospital eagerly pitched in to the Cayman Islands government’s relief effort sending needed supplies, medicines and medical staff to Anguilla, a fellow British Overseas Territory. Using Cayman Airways planes relief supplies, medical and disaster management staff, medicines, water and non-perishable foods have were sent to Anguilla last week.


FORUM, BOOK ON CHILD SEX ABUSE


Grenadian author Michelle Sabrena Alexander — who has tackled the issue of child sexual abuse in her book, “Helpless Cries: A Young Girl’s Memoir of Struggle, Courage and Renewal in Her Abusive World — will be participating in a forum today in Brooklyn


The event, presented by Caribbean Classroom TV in partnership with Total Caribbean Network TCN, forum and book signing will be held at BKLYN Commons, 495 Flatbush Ave., at 4 p.m.


Forum panelists include motivational speaker and author Mellany Paynter, counselor Merrysil Wyse-Joseph and Marie Dunn, Marie director of Family Success at Graham Windham. Filmmaker Meschida Philip will moderate the session.


To RSVP visit www.eventbrite.com/helplesscries, Seating is limited.



‘PECULIAR PATRIOT’ TARGETS JUSTICE SYSTEM


Writer/performer Liza Jessie Peterson has no mercy on the American criminal justice system in her multimedia, one-woman show, “The Peculiar Patriot” which opens at the Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre at 4 p.m. today, kicking off the theater group’s 49th season of performances.


The NBT is at 2031 5th Ave. (between 125th and 126th Sts.) NBT and Hi-ARTS are presenting the “Peculiar Patriot” opening.


Written and performed by Peterson, the powerful production was first presented in workshop form to audiences in more than 30 prisons around the country.


Today’s staging, and directed by Talvin Wilks, will be the world premiere of the play, which takes on the issue of mass incarceration.


Under the theme, “Black to the Future,” the NBT season runs through Oct. 1. For information and tickets, visit www.nationalblacktheatre.org.


‘TRADE/ITIONS’ MARK SURVIVAL OF TRADITIONS


“Trade/itions,” a multimedia event exploring contemporary expressions of the African spiritual traditions brought to the Americas and maintained by enslaved Africans, will be held Saturday in Manhattan at City College of New York’s Aaron Davis Hall, 160 Convent Ave.


Expressions of the Yoruba, Dahomey, and Kongo-derived traditions from the cultures of Trinidad and Tobago, Haiti, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Brazil, U.S. will be examined through performances, critical discussions, film screenings and other activities in the event presented by the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute and Aaron Davis Hall.



According to the organizers, “Trade/itions showcases how sacred traditions have adapted, survived, and transformed in the Western Hemisphere and the 21st Century.”


Participants and performers include Ella Andall, Oshun, DJ Rich Medina, Jacob Olupona, Gloria Rodriguez, Valnizia Pereira, Marta Moreno Vega, Navasha Daya, Akissi Britton, Dowoti Desir, Roger Bonair Agard, Neg Mawon, Maya Louisa, WUNMI, DJ Carlos Mena, Loira Limbal, Kwayera Archer, Eliciana Nascimento, Sheriden Booker, Funlayo Wood, Alafia Stewart, Rachel Harding, Eliciana Nascimento, Carlos De Oliveira, Mitzi Bazelais, Ra Sankhu Khepher, David Sosa, Dominick Guerriero, Jamel Cherry, Regine Roumain, and Ayoka Wiles Abel.


For ticket prices, special admission packages, information on panels, participants, and performances, visit www.cccadi.org/tradeitions.


GARIFUNA GALORE IN FLUSHING SHOW


Flushing Town Hall — known for its international and creative performances — is presenting a concert on Oct. 6 by the prestigious Garifuna Collective, the all-female Umalali group and the New York-based Garifuna Jazz Ensemble.


The event begins with a drum workshop at 7 p.m. and the concert starts at 8 p.m.


“Umalali is a group of women that are on a U.S. tour. One of their stops in the U.S. is Flushing Town Hall,” said Garifuna Jazz Ensemble vocalist and cofounder Lucy Blanco, adding that her band will be opening the Oct. 6 concert for the Garifuna Collective and Umalali.



The Garifuna Collective — once an integral part influential Andy Palacio & The Garifuna Collective ensemble — is continuing the musical and cultural direction of Palacio, the Belizean musician and Garifuna activist who died in 2008 at age 47. The Collective and transmits its message through


With live performances, the Ivan Duran-produced “The Garifuna Women’s Project” album, traditional Garifuna drums, turtle shells and other instruments, Umalali’s members use vocals to send tell the many stories of the Afro-Caribbean and Central American roots of Garifuna language and culture.


Garifuna Jazz Ensemble feautures Blanco along with pianist Mario Sprouse, percussionist Gary Fritz, bass player Hiliard Greene, violinist Luisa Bastidas, saxophonist Julian Meyers, dancers Miriam Suazo and Mariano Martinez, and Garifuna drummer Andy Ordonez.


Tickets to the concert at and for students and Flushing Town Hall members. To purchase tickets and learn about Flushing Town Hall’s 2017 fall season, visit www.flushingtownhall.org.

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Sep 16, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Video emerges of creep who sexually assaulted two Bronx women


Cops have released video of a gun-toting perv who violated two Bronx women after sneaking into their apartments through the fire escape, authorities said Friday.


The most recent victim was in her apartment on Thieriot Ave. in Soundview when the creep crawled in through her bedroom window around 1 a.m. Sept. 10, police said.


The creep flashed a gun, robbed the 28-year-old woman and sexually assaulted her before climbing back down the fire escape, according to cops.


Investigators believe the same man tried to rape a 20-year-old woman nearby in 2016, authorities said.


The woman was in her apartment on Taylor Ave. when the man climbed into her kitchen around 1:30 a.m. Nov. 16, according to cops.


He forced the woman to touch his genitals and masturbated onto the floor before leaving through the fire escape, police said.


Detectives tied the two incidents together Wednesday and released new footage of the burly brute Friday.


Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.

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Sep 14, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: NYPD releases bodycam footage of fatal police shooting


The NYPD on Thursday released body camera footage showing the confrontation earlier this month that led to police fatally shooting a Bronx man.


A 16-minute video compilation of footage from four officers’ body cameras screened for reporters showed cops repeatedly telling Miguel Richards, 31, to drop the knife he was holding in his Edenwald apartment on Sept. 6.


At one point Officer Mark Fleming tells Richards, “Put that knife on the floor or this isn’t going to end well for you. Put that knife on the floor.”


At another point he tells Richards, “Drop your weapon. You’re about a second from getting shot.”

O’Neill details why he’s releasing bodycam video of NYPD shooting


Richards does not say a word during the entire sequence of events, which includes his landlord and two friends imploring him to cooperate with police.


The video compilation ended as police opened fire and does not show Richards’ dead body.


Police were set to release a much longer 49-minute excerpt after screening the compilation. The full encounter stretched for more than an hour.


Cops say Richards aimed what turned out to be a toy gun with a laser pointer on it at police and officers fired 16 shots at him.

NYPD ‘looking to release’ body cam footage of fatal shooting


The video shows police repeatedly asking Richards if he is hiding a gun behind his back. Pleas from another man inside the apartment telling him to drop the knife and saying the officers did not want to hurt him are heard.


In all, cops ask him to drop the knife 44 times and to drop the gun six times.


Richards’ roommate tells him to drop the weapon, meaning the knife, 72 times.


In standoff situations, cops are trained to isolate and contain the person and call the Emergency Services Unit, which is specially trained to handle such situations.

Shooting raises concerns on how NYPD will handle body cam footage


ESU officers had arrived but were still downstairs when the shooting took place.


Richards’ landlord let cops into the apartment, after he called them to the scene to conduct a “wellness check” because he hadn’t seen his tenant in a while.


His death marks the first officer-involved fatal shooting recorded by police body cams since the NYPD started equipping cops with the technology in April.


Explaining his decision to release the video, Police Commissioner James O’Neill said in a message to the rank-and-file transparency is key to building public trust.

Cops using NYPD body cams kill man packing knife, fake gun


“Transparency is one of the many ways this department can continue to keep and build on the trust each of you has worked so hard to earn from members of the community all across our city,” he said.


“In the vast majority of these cases, we believe that body-worn camera video will confirm the tremendous restraint exhibited by our officers.”


O’Neill called the decision “clearly precedent setting,” but said footage in the future will be released on a “strict case-by-case” basis.


The release of the video comes over the objections of Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark. “Transparency is critical to building trust between community and law enforcement. Notwithstanding, I still have an obligation to protect the integrity of the investigation into this shooting,” Clark said Wednesday.

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“Releasing videos to the public during the early stages of an investigation may resolve some questions about the incident, but it may compromise the integrity of the investigation.”


Clark said she believes the footage should be released after the investigation is completed. Richards’ family has already seen the footage, sources said.


Patrick Lynch, the head of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, slammed the release of the footage, saying it sets a “dangerous precedent.”


“The district attorney’s investigation into the case is still ongoing — it should be allowed to proceed free of pressure and interference, looking at all of the relevant facts alongside the video footage,” he said in a statement.

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Lynch argued that the footage is a “confidential personnel record,” protected under Section 50-a of the state Civil Rights Law.


“Releasing it in violation of the law will expose the police officers involved to a very real and substantial risk of harassment, reprisals and threats to their safety and the safety of their families,” he said.


“If fairness and justice are the goal, they won’t be achieved by suspending police officers’ rights whenever it is convenient to do so.”


The NYPD has been struggling with how it will handle body camera footage in the future.

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Police officials say they feel constrained by Section 50-a, which makes personnel records of police officers confidential.


The city has interpreted the law to bar release of any information about police disciplinary cases, including a basic summary of what happened.


The de Blasio administration and Police Commissioner James O’Neill have taken this position even though departmental trials of police officers are open to the public.


This contradiction means that a person can watch an entire trial but never know what the outcome was.

Minn. mayor questions lack of bodycam video in police shooting


Civil rights lawyers say the city is misinterpreting the law to define the ban on disclosure as broadly as possible.


Mayor de Blasio pledged in October to try to get the state Legislature to change the law, but critics have been skeptical about his ardor to do so.


He claimed Republican opposition to a change in the state Senate blocked any changes from being realistic.


The state’s highest court is slated to take up the matter later this year. 

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Sep 14, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: SEE IT: NYPD cops shoot uncooperative man in body cam video


“You’re about a second from getting shot,” an NYPD cop tells a suspect during a confrontation in a Bronx apartment. “Do you want to die?”


That is the warning heard in the first public release of body camera video since cops started wearing the devices in April.


After pleading with Miguel Richards, 31, to drop a knife he was holding in his Edenwald apartment on Sept. 6, cops opened fire after Richards, according to cops, raised what turned out to be a toy gun.


Richards does not say a word during the entire sequence of events, which includes his landlord and two friends imploring him to cooperate with police.

O’Neill details why he’s releasing bodycam video of NYPD shooting


Officers fired 16 shots at him.


In standoff situations, cops are trained to isolate and contain the person and call the Emergency Services Unit, which is specially trained to handle such situations.


ESU officers had arrived but were still downstairs when the shooting took place.

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Sep 14, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Bronx tot leaves hospital after scary home invasion slashing

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Sep 14, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Subway service from upper Manhattan, Bronx disrupted by debris


Debris on the tracks is slowing Thursday morning’s commute from upper Manhattan and the Bronx, the MTA said.


There were no trains on the 1, 2 and 3 lines between W. 96th St. and W. 42nd St. because of debris blocking the tracks at W. 50th St., officials said.


Downtown trains on the No. 2 line were running on the No. 5 tracks from 149th St./Grand Concourse in the Bronx to Nevins St. in Brooklyn.


There were no 3 trains between 148th St. and 34th St.-Penn Station.


The MTA was advising straphangers to take the A or C trains or the M104 bus between W. 34th St. and W. 137th St.


An MTA spokesman was not immediately available to detail the reason for the blockage.

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Sep 13, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: NYPD to release first-ever bodycam footage from fatal shooting


The NYPD on Thursday plans to release body-camera footage showing the confrontation earlier this month that led to police fatally shooting a Bronx man.


Police sources said the roughly 14-minute video will show cops repeatedly telling Miguel Richards, 31, to drop the knife he was holding in his Edenwald apartment Sept. 6.


The video will end as police open fire. The video will not show Richards’ dead body, sources said


Cops say Richards aimed a toy gun at police, and officers fired 16 shots at him.

Cops using NYPD body cams kill man packing knife, fake gun


The video will show police repeatedly asking Richards if he’s hiding a gun behind his back, as well as pleas from another man inside the apartment telling him to drop the knife, and that the officers did not want to hurt him.


Richards’ landlord let cops into the apartment, after he called them to the scene to conduct a “wellness check” because he hadn’t seen his tenant in a while.


His death marks the first officer-involved fatal shooting recorded by police bodycams since the department started equipping cops with the technology in April as part of a pilot program.


The release of the video comes over the objections of Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark.

Shooting raises concerns on how NYPD will handle body cam footage


“Transparency is critical to building trust between community and law enforcement. Notwithstanding, I still have an obligation to protect the integrity of the investigation into this shooting,” Clark said Wednesday. “Releasing videos to the public during the early stages of an investigation may resolve some questions about the incident, but it may compromise the integrity of the investigation.”


Clark said she believes the footage should be released after the investigation is completed.


Richards’ family has already seen the footage, sources said.


The NYPD is still mulling how it will handle body camera footage in the future, and it’s not clear if the department has decided to set a timetable on when it will release video to the public, or if it will operate on a case-by-case basis.

NYPD ‘looking to release’ body cam footage of fatal shooting


On Tuesday night, NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill told the New York Press Club he favors releasing body camera video.


“I think it’s important to release videos whether good, bad, or indifferent,” he said. 

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