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Jan 5, 2018
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BRONX NEWS: Bronx detective allegedly downgraded 2015 assault to misdemeanor


A veteran Bronx cop is accused of downgrading a wild attack on a Rite-Aid security guard beaten with a skateboard by a group of teen shoplifters from a felony to a misdemeanor.


Frank Cirminello, a detective in the 49th Precinct with 15 years on the force, was the subject of an ongoing NYPD disciplinary trial this week at police headquarters for the alleged misconduct.


A random NYPD audit in August 2015 caught the misclassification and the Quality Assurance Division opened an investigation, leading to the trial two years later.


The investigation heated up in October 2015 after a tipster anonymously alleged broader downgrading of crimes in the 49th Precinct.


Cirminello is accused of misclassifying a June 29, 2015, incident in a Rite Aid on Boston Road.


Security guard Mohamed Kamara spotted a teenage girl slipping a bottle of cold medicine into her pocked. When he stopped her and demanded she give the bottle up one of the four boys with her told him to let her go.


“One of the guys hits me in the back of the head with a skateboard,” Kamara testified Wednesday. “I threw a basket at them, and he hit me again twice with the skateboard.”


The teens fled after smashing two glass panes in a door and trying to break the video security system, Kamara said.


A patrol sergeant with the 49th Precinct classified the case not as felony assault or robbery, but two lesser misdemeanors — criminal mischief and assault three.


The police report quoted Kamara as saying the strikes from the skateboard were “unintentional.”


“We re-interviewed (Kamara) and he stated he had been assaulted intentionally,” Lt. Michael Brill of the NYPD’s Quality Assurance Division testified Wednesday. Brill said the claim the blows were unintentional were “in my experience, an attempt to justify a misdemeanor charge.”


“I told them (the police) they did it intentionally,” Kamara testified. “I threw the basket at them because I didn’t have anything to defend myself with.”


The report also omitted Kamara’s injuries — a cut to the back of his head that he had treated at a local hospital.


The patrol sergeant was later penalized 10 vacation days.


Under cross-examination from department advocate Anna Krutaya, Cirminello, 39, admitted he didn’t interview all the store employees or customers and to not asking Kamara for his medical records, why he threw the basket, or what he thought was stolen.


He said he was preoccupied by an attempted murder investigation — one of 250 cases the veteran detective handles each year. The teens who assaulted Kamara were never caught.


Cirminello, explaining the misdemeanor classification, said it would have been hard to convince a jury that the teens intended to hurt the victim.


“I am looking for something I can present to a jury,” he testified to Deputy Commissioner David Weisel, the trial judge. “It would have been a tough sell.”


“(The victim) told me he did not see who did it,” Cirminello added. “I did not have enough evidence to upgrade the classification.”


The detective’s commander, Capt. Dennis O’Brien, testified that Cirminello is an “important member” of the squad. “His work has a high degree of quality,” he said. “He is very trustworthy and has a high degree of integrity.”


Cirminello faces the loss of 10 vacation days if the NYPD court finds against him. Closing arguments in the case were postponed Thursday.


The final decision on discipline belongs to Police Commissioner James O’Neill.


“He conducted a thorough investigation in this case with all the information he had available to him,” Cirminello’s lawyer James Moschella said Wednesday at the start of the trial.


The trial touched on some of the issues raised by Brooklyn NYPD Transit Capt. Marash Vucinaj in a Daily News expose earlier this week.


Vucinaj, a 24-year veteran, claimed that some felony crime reports for assault, grand larceny and non-injury shootings are misclassified to lower the city’s crime stats. He also said details of the crime are omitted to allow lower classifications.


Police officials disputed his claim of widespread misclassification. They said just 2% of 700,00 crime reports annually are misclassified — or about 14,000 reports.


Since 2013, 41 cops have been disciplined for misclassifying reports, records obtained by the Daily News show. All of them kept their jobs.

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Jul 20, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Man gets 22 years for 2015 NYC hammer attacks, assault on cop


A Bronx man who used a hammer to attack a cop and other victims in a terrifying 2015 two-day crime spree was sentenced Wednesday to 22 years in prison.


David Baril, 32, had pleaded guilty to the random violence that began on May 11, 2015, in Manhattan.


Baril’s victims — all three of whom were clocked in the head with the handyman’s tool — included a 20-year-old man at 35th St. and Sixth Ave., a 28-year-old woman in Union Square Park and a 33-year-old woman on W. 17th St.


Police Officer Lauren O’Rourke and her partner Geraldo Casaigne spotted the suspect two days after he first struck in Midtown and approached him.

Man gets 22 years in prison for attacking NYPD cop with hammer


That’s when Baril attacked O’Rourke with his hammer and was shot by her partner four times. The suspect survived and was charged with attempted aggravated assault on a police officer and assault in the second degree.


“For two full days in 2015, New Yorkers were gripped with fear as a hammer-wielding man was on the loose in Manhattan,” Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said in a statement.


A woman who identified herself as Baril’s mother, Sarah Wellington, said outside the courtroom that her son has been suffering from signs of mental illness since his high school days.


She said he started college but could not finish due to his “sickness,” Wellington said.

With Alec Tabak

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Apr 22, 2016
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Reigning Champ Celebrates the Portland Timbers’ 2015 MLS Cup Victory

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Mar 5, 2016
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The Superstar was adidas’ Most Profitable Shoe in 2015

Despite Kanye West’s wildly popular Yeezy Boost releases in 2015, his namesake collection wasn’t the best-seller for adidas last year. Without question the Yeezy Boost series plays an intricate role in the overall brand strategy, aiding in compound effectiveness across the board. But it was a timeless classic that fared the best for the brand in 2015.

Last year alone, adidas sold 15 million pairs of the Superstar. There are many factors that attribute to this huge spike in sales. Firstly, the shoe was celebrating an anniversary, which is the perfect storm to re-release the shoe in larger numbers. Collaborative releases with celebrities and retailers were also key. And in Pharrell’s case – which accounted for a wealth of releases, including 50 colorways in ever shade imaginable – he almost single-handedly rose the profile of the shoe to a budding, youthful audience, lost on the precedence already set by Run-DMC and a generation past.

This, of course, lends to the popular theory that Pharrell, not Kanye, has been the biggest benefactor for adidas since the two (along with NIGO) joined the brand a couple of years ago. Where sales are concerned in 2015, this holds true. Holistically, though, not so much.

Kanye’s ability to influence the masses and create an exciting environment around the brand is highly tangible where culture is concerned. Sellouts, coveted releases that go for insane amounts on the secondary market make Superstars, and adidas as a whole, well, cool. This, and this alone, is what adidas has been angling towards for years. Kanye, in large part, got them there. This, much of the success after the fact is merely a byproduct of his foundation laid.

Accounting for almost in every adidas took in last year according to Bloomberg, the Superstar helped shape a hallmark year for the adidas. Surely that will slow in 2016 as the brand will place its primary focus elsewhere, but it definitely goes to show – you can never replace a classic.

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Mar 4, 2016
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Gear Roundup: March 4, 2015

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Feb 15, 2016
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Zach LaVine Won an Epic 2016 NBA Dunk Contest in these Nike Hyperdunk 2015 Low PE’s

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Feb 14, 2016
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Zach LaVine Won the 2016 Dunk Contest in Nike Hyperdunk 2015 Low



Zach LaVine Nike Hyperdunk 2015 Low Dunk Contest

The 2016 NBA Dunk Contest was one of the best showing in a long time and prevailed last years contest. As you may know, Zach LaVine won it last year and he did so again this year, claiming him the Back to Back Dunk Contest winner.

In the final round, LaVine was paired up against Aaron Gordon who in our opinion had the best dunk of the night. However, the way the scoring and rotation went, they went into sudden death while each scoring a perfect 50 out of 50. At the end of it all, Zach LaVine was crowned victorious.

Some of you watching might have wondered what LaVine was wearing and Nike made sure we all knew by Tweeting out images and confirming he was wearing the Nike Hyperdunk 2015 Low PE made exclusively for him. This player exclusive features ZTL on the tongue and 206 on the heel while featuring Orange, Black and Silver.

Below are a few additional photos for you to check out as well as a video mashing up LaVine’s and Gordon’s dunks.

Zach LaVine Nike Hyperdunk 2015 Low Dunk Contest

Zach LaVine Nike Hyperdunk 2015 Low Dunk Contest

Zach LaVine Nike Hyperdunk 2015 Low Dunk Contest

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Feb 8, 2016
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Gridiron Kicks Spotlight // The Top-10 Cleats of the 2015 NFL Season

Although Super Bowl 50 may not have been as “aesthetically pleasing” as plenty would’ve hoped for, the beauty in a resounding defensive struggle has all of the merits for a solid game. Last night’s contest proved that as the Denver Broncos helped Peyton Manning secure his second Super Bowl title in potentially his final game with defensive star Von Miller garnering MVP honors. However, with every Super Bowl comes the finality of another NFL season in the books as this year’s campaign incurred a variety of ups-and-downs for each of the 32 teams. Ultimately, with every conclusion comes a celebration as well as this latest edition of Gridiron Kicks Spotlight takes a look at the Top-10 cleats of this past season.

Headlined by Odell Beckham Jr. along with additional stars such as Charles Woodson and Dez Bryant, this list is vast and certainly worth the look. To see more, scroll through the pages below to enjoy.

10. Sam Shields – Custom Under Armour Spotlight Anniversary

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When: NFC Divisional Playoffs
Created By: illustrative_cre8ions

Sported during the NFC Divisional matchup against the Arizona Cardinals, stellar defensive back Sam Shields provided footwear enthusiasts with arguably his greatest model of the season with this custom created by illustrative_cre8ions. With a subdued look that bode well with the Packers’ traditional aesthetics, the accentuation of starred imagery within the upper was a great addition by the DMV artist. Beginning to work with more NFL players during the 2015 season, the aforementioned artist continued to evolve and progress amongst a talented field of artists.

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Feb 3, 2016
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BRONX NEWS: Man’s death from 2015 Bronx beatdown ruled homicide

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Jan 7, 2016
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Kylie Jenner is Your 2015 CSS Rookie of the Year

The votes are in and Kylie Jenner is your 2015 CSS Rookie of the Year. Making a splash in Celebrity Sneaker Stalker over the course of the whole year, the youngest (and perhaps biggest) star in the Kardashian/Jenner clan turned heads in heat, wearing everything from Supreme Foamposites to Black/Red 1s to Yeezy Boosts.

Leading the first ever All-CSS Rookie Team in votes, Kylie beat out Fetty Wap to take the inaugural honors. Congrats, Kylie!

After a holiday hiatus, Celebrity Sneaker Stalker returns this afternoon. Keep it locked to Nice Kicks in 2016 for more sightings, showcases and history of artists and entertainers in heat. For the athlete inclined, check for CSS Sports every Friday, too.

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Jan 4, 2016
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The Flight Club Top 30 Selling Sneakers of 2015

The Flight Club Top 30 Selling Sneakers of 2015If you’re still having trouble letting go of 2015 and all the revitalized classics and innovative new models even after our look back at the Top 12 Sneaker Stories of 2015, then take a look back through the lens of New York’s Flight Club. To round out the year, the shop put together a listing of their top 30 best-selling sneakers of 2015 with the Air Jordan 11 “Legend Blue” leading sales followed by a trio of Kanye West Yeezy Boost models. Take a look at the listing below and let us know which you’ll target for resale if you missed a retail release.

Read up on Kanye West’s nod as GQ’s Most Stylish Man of 2015
And see our Top 12 Stories of Style for 2015

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Jan 3, 2016
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BRONX NEWS: CARIBBEAT: Everybody’s Magazine’s 2015 Person of the Year

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