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    The head of the NYPD says the department was involved in the investigation of firebrand police union boss Ed Mullins before Tuesday's raid on his home and office by the FBI. Mullins - who is still on the NYPD payroll as a sergeant despite working for the union full-time - resigned Tuesday evening after the raids, which may be part of an investigation tied to mismanagement of union funds. NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea confirmed his department Internal Affairs bureau was involved just a day after nearly a dozen federal agents carried out boxes of paperwork from the office of the Sergeant's Benevolent Association union Tuesday morning.  The FBI also searched Mullins's Long Island home. Mullins was pictured by DailyMail.com arriving back at the home on Wednesday afternoon. 'The NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau and the FBI work jointly on a task force. As a result of that work, you saw some of the investigative powers being exercised yesterday,” Shea said Wednesday morning during Mayor Bill de Blasio's daily COVID briefing. Shea stressed that it was up to him to decide whether Mullins, who is a...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police have arrested a West Side doorman and three out-of-state accomplices on charges of selling an arsenal of 80 weapons on the streets of Manhattan while numerous gun violence cases stun the city. A police expert told CBS2’s Marcia Kramer on Tuesday it’s a sign the city’s street safety strategy needs a major overhaul. READ MORE: Exclusive: Subway Push Victim Lenny Javier Says 'I Never Thought It Would Happen To Me'; Suspect Anthonia Egegbara ArrestedYou can’t hear the guns blasting on the surveillance video footage released by the NYPD, but you can feel the terror of a wild shootout in the Bronx. Two groups are seen firing shots at each other as others run or duck for cover. There was also the terror of a Manhattan robbery. A man is seen walking down West 33rd Street, when two men on a scooter rob him at gunpoint. In another example, a man is seen sitting in as car on West 72nd and Columbus Avenue when an unknown person in a dark sedan pulls along side and starts...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea is calling it a crisis – teenagers gunned down on city streets. Just this week, three 16-year-old were shot and killed in separate incidents, CBS2’s Andrea Grymes reported Thursday. READ MORE: New York Lawmakers Call On Gov. Hochul To Release More Rikers Island DetaineesPolice said Cahlil Pennington was shot and killed in East New York, Brooklyn around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. That shooting is being investigated as gang-related. The next night, in Bedford-Stuyvesant, cops say Jaden Turnage died from a gunshot to his chest. That shooting is being investigated as possibly gang-related. Just a few hours earlier, Nisayah Sanchez was shot and killed in the Belmont section of the Bronx. The three boys died in three unrelated shootings this week. “It don’t make sense that our young kids is dying unnecessarily,” one person said. Sanchez was killed just steps away from where a 13-year-old boy was shot and killed in June. Investigators believe this latest shooting is possibly gang-related, adding the victim never should’ve been out on the streets to begin with. READ...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea is speaking out about the crises at Rikers Island, which includes staffing shortages. He says the department is working to assist with resources there. “We got a request to alleviate some of the pressure, if you will, on the Rikers staffing … We have a discussion going on right now how to free up resources. As you can imagine, it’s a challenging time right now. We’re already down thousands of officers from our peak, but we will answer the call, as we always do,” Shea said. Earlier this week, Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled reforms at Rikers, which include reopening once-shuttered areas to ease overcrowding and fixing infrastructure problems like broken cell doors.
    More On: dermot shea NYPD’s top cop speaks out as 175 illegal motorbikes taken off the road Eric Garner suit won’t feature testimony from de Blasio, top NYPD officials Soaring crime but the fewest people in prison since 1946: Progressives’ upside-down view of NYC crime NYPD top cop again blames shooting surge on bail reform amid ‘gun emergency’ Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said Tuesday that he “100 percent” supports the city’s new COVID-19 vaccination-or-test mandate for all city workers — but believes the NYPD’s inoculation rate is higher than reported figures. The top cop made the comments on NY1, where host Pat Kiernan described the department’s latest vaccination rate  — 43 percent of its uniformed and civilian employees, or just over 23,000 of its total 54,000 workforce  — as “abysmal,” and asked him what he could do to improve it.  Shea replied that the figures — which reflect only the vaccines doled out by the NYPD — may not show the full picture.  “I fully expect that number is higher from the outside,” Shea said. “I know many people...
    The NYPD didn’t have a plan to fill the void left by disbanding the controversial anti-crime unit tasked with firearm busts – a policing shift the former chief of department admitted Wednesday was "probably a mistake." "Obviously, we all know after Geroge Floyd, [there were] a lot of reforms, a lot of changes in the police department," said Terence Monahan, formerly the NYPD’s highest-ranking uniformed officer who retired from the department in March. "One of which was getting rid of the anti-crime unit in the beginning of the summer." "It was probably a mistake that we didn’t have a replacement in mind," the cop-turned-senior adviser to Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a virtual event for the Association for a Better New York, a nonprofit business organization.  TARA READE FIRES BACK AT NYC MAYORAL CANDIDATE SCOTT STRINGER AFER HE INVOKED BIDEN ACCUSER DURING DEBATE Police Commissioner Dermot Shea dissolved the undercover unit last June following a "disproportionate" number of high-profile incidents that involved the plainclothes cops. Former officer Daniel Pantaleo was assigned to the anti-crime unit when he placed Eric Garner into...
    NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea defended his department’s handling of the weeks-long Black Lives Matter protests across the Big Apple last year, telling city investigators that cops did a "phenomenal job." "I think we responded to a very difficult situation. I think the officers did a phenomenal job under extremely difficult circumstances," Shea said as he was interrogated by the Department of Investigation, according to a transcript of the exchange released through a request under the Freedom of Information Law. The DOI interviews with Shea, as well as then-Chief of Department Terence Monahan, were conducted ahead of the agency’s scathing December report that found that the NYPD’s "inconsistent" enforcement during the May and June protests "heightened tensions" between cops and demonstrators and suppressed First Amendment rights. The report noted that the NYPD’s crowd control tactics "produced excessive enforcement that contributed to heightened tensions." GEORGE FLOYD SQUARE VANDALSIM: AX-WIELDING MAN WERAKS HAVOC AT MEMORIAL DISPLAY During the grilling, Shea did admit that the police department was at times "flying in the dark" when it came to gathering intelligence surrounding the protests, but...
    (CNN)Two women and a 4-year-old girl, believed to be innocent bystanders, were wounded in a shooting at New York's Times Square on Saturday, according to New York police.Shots rang out at about 4:55 p.m. near 45th Street and 7th Avenue, and police officers already in the area responded, New York Police Department Commissioner Dermot Shea said during a news briefing. The 4-year-old girl from Brooklyn was shot in the leg. She was with her family at the time of the shooting and is expected to undergo surgery at Bellevue Hospital, Shea said.2 men charged in connection with the fatal shooting of a 1-year-old boy in New YorkA 23-year-old tourist from Rhode Island also was shot in the leg. She came to Times Square after attempting to visit the Statue of Liberty, which remains closed due to the pandemic, Shea said.The third victim is a 43-year-old woman from New Jersey who was shot in the foot. Both women were taken to Bellevue Hospital for treatment, according to the Fire Department of New York.Read MoreMultiple witnesses told police that the shooting stemmed...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Dog owners in Morgan Park are on high alert – accusing a neighbor of trying to poison their pets using hot dogs. CBS 2 Political Investigator Dana Kozlov looked into the claims Thursday night, and also into whether it is legal to leave poison on private property. READ MORE: Chicago Heights Couples SUV Was Stolen In Less Than A Minute With No Key Needed; Worry Mounts About Ease Of Theft For Dodge SRT Vehicles Hot dogs laced with a blue substance were found lying on the grass in Morgan Park. People living in the area where they were found believe the blue stuff is poison. They are accusing a woman who lives on the block of deliberately placing the hot dogs on her own parkway and front yard – for dogs to eat. “We were contacted here in the 19th Ward office,” said Ald. Matt O’Shea (19th). Ald. O’Shea then called police and Chicago Animal Care and Control. “Obviously a very serious allegation; obviously very disturbing,” O’Shea said. Residents who did not want to talk on camera...
    TipRanks 3 Big Dividend Stocks Yielding at Least 8%; Wells Fargo Says ‘Buy’ With the Georgia election behind us, and the Trump Administration on the way out, the near- to mid-term political landscape is growing clearer: The Biden Administration will be able to cater to its progressive base, now that it rests on majorities – however thin – in both Houses of Congress. Predictability is good for the markets, and we’re likely to have that, at least until 2022. Which makes this the time to lock in the defensive portfolio plays.The research analysts at Wells Fargo have been searching the markets for the ‘right’ buys, and their picks bear a closer look. They’ve been tapping high-yielding dividend payers as an investment play of choice.The TipRanks database sheds some additional light on three of the firm’s picks – stocks with dividends yielding 8% or better.Apollo Investment Corporation (AINV)One good place to look for high return dividends is among the market’s business development companies. These companies offer specialty financing to the middle market, providing credit and funding for small to medium business...
    More On: nypd Gunman arrested in slaying of 16-year-old boy outside Bronx deli NYPD cops face delayed COVID vaccine rollout over supply chain issues NYPD to upgrade charges against woman who falsely accused Keyon Harrold Jr. of phone theft Blame BLM for Gotham’s sidewalk chaos Witnesses to the stray-bullet slaying of Brooklyn baby Davell Gardner may be afraid to come forward for fear of retribution by those involved, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said Tuesday. Department sources previously told The Post that a street code of silence and witness worries of being outed by state discovery laws were contributing to a lack of arrests since the horrific July murder. “I think people know who did that case,” Shea said in a wide-ranging press briefing on Tuesday. The top cop said that authorities are “trying to get prosecutions when you have at times less-than-willing … witnesses and other people involved.” Investigators have said that Gardner, two months shy of his second birthday, was a collateral victim of a long-running war between rival Bedford-Stuyvesant gangs. The tot was enjoying a family...
    Police Commissioner Dermot Shea knows what he wants under his tree this Christmas: for New York to "get serious about guns." He’s not the only one with that wish. In a meeting Thursday with The Post’s Editorial Board, Shea pleaded for a tougher approach to getting illegal guns off the streets, whether through tweaks to current law or by bolstering the way the laws are carried out by prosecutors, judges, parole officers and the entire criminal-justice system. NYPD BRINGING ON 900 NEW OFFICERS OVER NEXT 2 MONTHS AFTER BUDGET CUTS, HIGH RETIREMENT NUMBERS "I’ll ask for one thing under the Christmas tree," says Shea. "We need to get serious about guns." The NYPD devotes "much" of its resources toward that, but "we need help." You bet they do: Violent crime is through the roof, with shootings running at twice last year’s rate and murders up almost 40 percent. Car thefts and burglaries are spiking, too. The biggest problem? "Gang members with guns," says Shea, usually between the ages of 14 and 30. "If we focus on guns, we can keep incarceration...
    The COVID-19 vaccine will not be mandatory for NYPD members, Commissioner Dermot Shea said Tuesday morning — as he announced that the department is expected to receive its first shipment in a matter of weeks.  In an interview with NY1, the top cop said that NYPD head surgeon Dr. Eli Kleinman and Chief of Personnel Martin Morales are going “full steam” preparing for the arrival of the vaccine, working with the state and the city Department of Health. The first shipment is expected to arrive by either the end of December or the beginning of January, Shea said, adding that the shot will not be obligatory. “It won’t be mandatory,” he said. “It’ll be similar to the flu vaccines that we do.” In the meantime, the department is “working through a lot of the logistics, who gets it, how you deliver it,” and providing information to its members about the safety of the vaccine.  “Hopefully this is a huge step forward for New York City,” Shea said.  The first federally approved COVID-19 vaccine arrived across the US, including the...
    More On: COVID vaccine Survey says: Most Americans are changing their tune about taking a COVID-19 vaccine Fauci says Biden, Harris and Trump should get COVID vaccine ASAP As vaccines roll out, doubters rush to take credit Some states to begin vaccinations at nursing homes this week The COVID-19 vaccine will not be mandatory for NYPD members, Commissioner Dermot Shea said Tuesday morning — as he announced that the department is expected to receive its first shipment in a matter of weeks.  In an interview with NY1, the top cop said that NYPD head surgeon Dr. Eli Kleinman and Chief of Personnel Martin Morales are going “full steam” preparing for the arrival of the vaccine, working with the state and the city Department of Health. The first shipment is expected to arrive by either the end of December or the beginning of January, Shea said, adding that the shot will not be obligatory. “It won’t be mandatory,” he said. “It’ll be similar to the flu vaccines that we do.” In the meantime, the department is “working through a lot...
    More On: shootings Elderly man hit by stray bullet while sleeping in Queens nursing home 22-year-old man fatally shot on Queens street Bronx man charged for hiding accused US Marshall shooter FedEx driver shot in back in Brooklyn, NYPD says The surging gun violence in New York City is on pace to hit a 14-year high, the city’s top cop said. “I wish I had better news on gun violence specifically… we’re looking to close out the year on a 14-year high,” Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said on NY1 Tuesday morning. “This has been a year like no other.” The city has seen 1,433 shootings incidents and 1,756 gun violence victims as of Monday — nearly double last year’s numbers over the same time, according to NYPD data. However, Shea touted the department’s uptick in gun arrests over the last three months, which were up by 25 percent year-to-date — while he continued to pin the blame on criminal justice reform, without providing evidence. “We have made staggering numbers of gun arrests, taking guns off the...
    The New York City Police Department is bracing to work “long hours” in the event of potential unrest from small “core groups” of agitators following Election Day, Commissioner Dermot Shea said Tuesday. Shea told Spectrum NY1 that police personnel across all ranks are on alert throughout the city. New York Police Department officers patrol during a protest against the Far Right on November 1, 2020, in New York City. (KENA BETANCUR/AFP via Getty Images) “[There are] certainly some unanswered questioned in terms of how long they’ll be working, but we’re prepared, we’re ready and we’re looking forward to it,” the top cop said. “Everyone should get out there and vote, and we’ll move forward from there.” DC PROTESTERS ORGANIZED VIA ZOOM FOR MONTHS, THOUSANDS EXPECTED OUTSIDE WHITE HOUSE ON ELECTION DAY The NYPD is said to boast the largest police force in the country, with roughly 36,000 sworn officers and 16,000 civilian employees. The city is no stranger to spurts of unrest, as happened in the wake of the Minnesota police-involved death of George Floyd at the end of May. Policemen surround a...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea says the department is staying focused and balanced when it comes to enforcement in the city’s COVID hot spots. This comes as he takes the heat for how the department is cracking down. RELATED STORY: Hasidic Wedding Scheduled For Monday In Williamsburg Could Test Resolve Of COVID Enforcement Speaking to FOX 5, Shea also said more officers have been testing positive for the coronavirus lately. “We’re also seeing an uptick within the NYPD, and we’re watching it very closely and it’s actually, you know, the Bronx is where we’re seeing internally,” Shea said. “I think it’s incumbent upon all of us to do everything possible to keep ourselves safe and also to keep the public safe. So masks, social distancing.” Shea did not provide the number of officers infected. MORE FROM CBS NEW YORK: Stimulus Package Update: What Happens To The Economy Without A Second Stimulus? City Says Woman Killed By Falling Debris From Times Square Building May Have Been At Fault Coronavirus Impact: Popular Columbus Circle Underground Market Attempting Climb...
    The NYPD is seeing an uptick in COVID-19 among Bronx cops, according to Commissioner Dermot Shea, who said it was “impossible” to say whether the spike had anything to do with some officers not wearing masks. The top cop revealed the jump Friday on FOX 5’s “Good Day NY,” while addressing the department’s handling of the hotspots across the city. “We’re also seeing an uptick within the NYPD, and we’re watching it very closely,” Shea said. “It’s actually, you know, the Bronx is where we’re seeing [it] internally.” He did not provide any numbers. Shea skirted around a question about whether the jump in coronavirus infections had anything to do with officers foregoing their face masks. “It’s impossible to — we’ve seen cases where [members] have traveled and come back,” the commissioner said. “How to pinpoint exactly — we do our best.” “We trace within the NYPD as well to make sure, between messaging and being very vocal across the leadership team,” he added. “I think it’s incumbent upon all of us to do everything possible to keep ourselves...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The NYPD is down its chief of patrol. Chief Fausto Pichardo held the position for less than a year. On Wednesday, the mayor said Pichardo is retiring early for a personal reason, but sources claim he’s resigning, frustrated at being micromanaged and undermined by the mayor. Exclusive video shows NYPD Chief of Patrol Fausto Pichardo dodging questions from reporters after turning in his papers and telling Mayor de Blasio he’s done. Police Commissioner Dermot Shea, caught off guard by this, says he tried to dissuade him, but failed. “He is such a well-respected leader on this job with an incredibly – my opinion – incredibly bright future ahead of him. No matter what does,” Shea said. “This one is a gut punch because it’s such a huge hole to fill. He’s such a well-rounded individual. He’s a loss to the city.” Earlier Tuesday the NYPD revealed deeper changes to restore community trust in police, but sources say it appears the mayor didn’t trust the chain of command in the NYPD. Pichardo’s final straw allegedly happened when...
    Police Commissioner Dermot Shea revealed Wednesday that the NYPD patrol car that fatally struck a woman in the Bronx last week was moving at about 60 miles per hour — much faster than initial estimates. Sophia Gomez, 20, of Pelham Parkway, was struck the afternoon of Oct. 5 near the intersection of Pelham Parkway South and Wallace Avenue and succumbed to her injuries three days later at Jacobi Hospital. The officers in the NYPD Highway vehicle were responding to calls for assistance from a fellow officer, possibly on the Throgs Neck Bridge, Shea said in a NY1 interview Wednesday morning. “Last week we had preliminary information — we know a little more about it now as we review in-car camera systems,” the top cop said. “We believe the car was going probably closer to 60 miles an hour.” “The earlier indications were 30 to 40 miles an hour, but when you actually get into the car itself, you can accelerate or decelerate in a short period of time pretty rapidly,” he added. “And we believe at the exact point of...
    Two dozen “knuckleheads” and “spoiled brats” were busted during overnight demonstrations against police brutality in Lower Manhattan, according to NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea. The group of about 100 demonstrators stepped off around 9:30 p.m. Monday from Fulton Street near the South Street Seaport, with police sources saying they were protesting the fatal police shooting of Texas man Jonathan Price. They then headed to Chambers and Centre streets, where two of them were busted around midnight for preventing the NYPD’s Technical Assistance Response Unit from filming their fellow protesters who were blocking the street, the sources and police said. Two males, ages 21 and 24, were arrested for obstruction and other related charges at the location, police said. TEXAS POLICE OFFICER EMPLOYED AFTER BEING CHARGED WITH MURDER OF JONATHAN PRICE, BUT DEPARTMENT HAS SEVEN DAYS TO NOTIFY THEM OF CHANGE After an hour, some members of the group called it a night and headed into a nearby train station, but others continued marching north, ending up near West Broadway and Houston Street, the sources said. The group blocked the street, scrawled graffiti, set...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — As more people at the White House test positive for COVID-19, many are wondering when it will end and what can be learned about the virus is spread. President Trump announces the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his choice for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C on Sept. 26. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Dr. Jesse O’Shea, an infectious disease specialist, says COVID-19 has the unique ability to be highly contagious, but not lethal enough to kill itself off. “I think it’s showing us how brilliant COVID-19 really is,” Shea said of the White House outbreak. As of Monday, more than a dozen people at the White House have tested positive for the virus in less than one week. The latest was White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany and two of her aides. “That means that we weren’t able to detect that much viral particle in her body at those times, and that now she...
    Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday that the NYPD was wrong for arresting legal observers during June’s Mott Haven protests over George Floyd’s death — but stopped short of criticizing the curfew crackdown at the time. “With all due respect to the NYPD, the NYPD is wrong on this one,” de Blasio said on WNYC radio’s “The Brian Lehrer show” when asked about police arresting legal observers who had paperwork from the mayor’s office saying they were essential workers. The mayor’s admission came two days after Human Rights Watch admonished the June 4 police response in a scathing report that described it as one of the department’s “most aggressive and abusive responses” during Floyd demonstrations. De Blasio and Police Commissioner Dermot Shea previously praised the forceful break-up, which began 10 minutes after the 8 p.m. curfew. The Human Rights Watch report said the trapping of roughly 300 protesters using a tactic known as “kettling” and police “whaling their batons, beating people from car tops, shoving them down to the ground and firing pepper spray in their faces” minutes after curfew...
    A man holds a sign during a protest amid nationwide unrest following the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in Miami, Florida, U.S., May 31, 2020. Maria Alejandra Cardona/Reuters The New York Police Department deliberately carried out a planned attack on protesters demonstrating against police brutality on June 4, according to a report published Wednesday by Human Rights Watch. On June 4, police struck protesters with their batons, shot pepper-spray at them, and zip-tied their hands behind their backs, the report says.  Based on dozens of interviews with protesters and video analysis, the organization in its report concluded that the NYPD conduct displayed on June 4 "amounts to serious violations of international human rights law." Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A human rights organization released a report Wednesday saying the New York Police Department in June deliberately planned and executed a brutal attack on Black Lives Matter protesters.  On June 4, demonstrators protesting police brutality in a Bronx, New York, neighborhood were met with severe opposition from "scores of police officers with riot gear,...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City A new user-friendly, interactive web-based dashboard will be available to every New Yorker to increase transparency for the department with its residence, Police Commissioner Dermot Shea announced Thursday morning. In addition, officials said a new internal APP will allow cops to sign in at the station house using their phones, and then provide real-time knowledge for officers and commanders of individual assignments and what services they are providing at any time. Commissioner Shea said it took a crisis to push for a speedup in technology as the department struggled between March and June with up to 20 percent of the department out with COVID-19, 34 of those members having died of the contagion – 43 of whom died of coronavirus complications. Then, at the end of May, the department then had to deal with massive demonstrations and looting that took huge numbers of officers away from patrol duties. “It took a crisis for us to push to do even better and...
    The New York Police Department marked a 25-year high in gun busts last week as violent crime continues to plague the city, officials said Tuesday. Commissioner Dermot Shea, the NYPD's top cop, said 160 gun arrests were made between Aug. 31 and Sunday. “We hit a 25-year high in gun arrests last week, the most gun arrests we’ve made in a week in 25 years,” he told 1010 WINS. MAN SITTING IN CAR SHOT IN HEAD AS BULLETS FLY IN NYC ON LABOR DAY WEEKEND In this Sept 5, 2016, file photo, crime scene investigators with the New York Police Department work at the scene where multiple people were killed and others injured in a shooting during J'ouvert festivities in the Brooklyn borough of New York. NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea on Tuesday said the department reached a 25-year high in gun arrests last week with 160 people taken into police custody. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File) The news came after 23 shootings -- two fatally -- occurred over the holiday weekend. The shootings victims include a 6-year-old, his mother and three others who...
    Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said three NYPD detectives tested positive for COVID-19 Monday, as he blasted police critics on CNN Tuesday morning. “We had three detectives yesterday test positive for COVID,” he said, when he was asked about crime, fewer arrests being made and the possibility of a police slow down. “Still coming into work, still helping those people in the city, so you know that’s what I referenced last week when I said, it makes my blood boil because the cops are out there.” Police were routinely documented refusing to wear masks despite a state directive and Shea’s own instruction. At one point in April, nearly one-fifth of the 36,000-strong force was out sick — though not necessarily with Covid-19. On Monday, there were 36 out sick with coronavirus specifically — 16 cops and 20 civilians, sources said. He made the “blood boil” comment while lambasting critics who claim there’s been a “slow down” among cops protesting police budget cuts that have hit overtime and changes to city and state laws. He also blamed the George Floyd protests in...
    Donald Trump and Kris Kobach. After Steve Bannon’s arrest on Thursday, Donald Trump tried to put a Grand Canyon-sized gap between himself and the “We Build The Wall” border scheme. Bannon, Brian Kolfage, Andrew Badolato, and Timothy Shea were indicted on counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering. The federal indictment says the crew pilfered “hundreds of thousands of dollars” and a Bannon-controlled nonprofit received more than $1 million in funds. The federal government is seeking to take possession of the fraudulently purchased items, like the flashy boat Kolfage purchased and used in recent “Trumptilla” boat parades. Incredibly enough, Bannon and Kolfage recorded a video promoting their scam fund and folks, you are not going to believe this—Bannon actually jokes they are filming in Saint-Tropez in southern France before adding: “We are on the million dollar yacht of Brian Kolfage. Brian Kolfage, he took all that money from Build The Wall.” Kolfage then lets out an awkward laugh. Watch them joke about the fraud below. You cannot make this up. xFolks, this really happened. pic.twitter.com/EviEJCGvs7— John Whitehouse (@existentialfish) August 21, 2020...
    Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn who charged 10 ex-cons with gun possession last week gave law-enforcement a “shot in the arm” in the fight to curtail shootings in the city, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said Tuesday. Shea, speaking on NY1, credited federal prosecutors in the Eastern District of New York with “stepping in” and making the busts in the borough, where gun violence has swelled higher than any other place in New York. “When you see the Eastern District, stepping in last week and taking 10 violent people off the streets, that’s a big shot in the arm for us telling gang members that there is consequences,” Shea told host Pat Kiernan. He added that close to half of the recent shootings in the city have happened in Brooklyn — and police are investigating shootings in other boroughs that have a connection to Brooklyn. The borough saw 97 shootings in the 30 days ending Aug. 10, while just 102 happened in the four other boroughs. “When you dig a little deeper and peel the onion back [we’re] seeing Brooklyn individuals...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police Commissioner Dermot Shea had harsh words Thursday, charging the city is going overboard in restricting what police can and cannot do to keep the city safe. He says it’s like officers are being handcuffed. It was a telling moment — not a single member of the NYPD was by Mayor Bill de Blasio’s side when he signed six bills to reform how the city’s cops can police the city. Instead, Shea blasted the new laws that were sparked by anti-police brutality protests. “I think that we have gone too far. I think we’ve crossed the tipping point on many levels in terms of taking tools away from the police,” Shea said. Shea was clearly referring to the new law banning chokeholds, which in addition to outlawing chokeholds prevents cops from sitting, standing or kneeling on a suspect’s back or stomach, the diaphragm. RELATED STORY: De Blasio Signs Police Reform Bills, Including Chokehold Ban: ‘You Can Feel Change Coming’ While the top cop admitted that some reforms are necessary, he said the demands of anti-cop protesters...
    Police Commissioner Dermot Shea railed against lawmakers Thursday for “going too far” to “handcuff” the NYPD by tapping into anti-cop sentiment from the George Floyd protests to further their own longstanding political agendas. “I think there is absolutely valid causes about what came out of Minneapolis … but I think that people are using that just cause to advance agendas and agendas that existed long before the incident happened,” Shea said on CNN Thursday morning. “I think we’ve crossed a tipping point on many levels in terms of taking tools away from the police that maybe these last two months it’s just a completely different situation where it’s a toxic environment,” Shea said, echoing Chief of Department Terence Monahan’s statements Monday. “There are laws that are handcuffing the police. I think that we have gone too far,” the city’s top cop added. The strong statements came a day after Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a package of police reforms into law,  including a ban on chokeholds — while acknowledging the law would make cops’ jobs harder. Shea urged people...
    A 24-year-old Morris County man who was shot and killed by police Tuesday was holding an airsoft gun that looks like a real firearm, authorities said Wednesday. Police got a 911 domestic call from an older woman at a Morris Township home who said Timothy O’Shea, 24, had a gun and had cut himself shortly after 4 p.m, state Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal said. They got the caller, whom responders said is O’Shea’s mother, to safety before encountering him in the driveway of the Fairchild Avenue home, responders said. He was “holding a pistol and bleeding,” Grewal said. Officers from three the Morris Township, Morris Plains, and Morristown police departments were all there when one of them fired, hitting O’Shea, the attorney general said. They rendered aid until EMS arrived and took O’Shea to Morristown Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 5:41 p.m., Grewal said. “The [gun] that was in his hand was recovered at the scene and determined to be a replica Beretta 9mm airsoft pistol,” Grewal said. Airsoft guns are used for target shooting and...
    The New York Police Department’s top cop vowed on Tuesday morning to catch the gunmen who opened fire during a New York City outdoor party, killing a baby boy and wounding three adults. The search continues for the gunmen involved in the death of 1-year-old Davell Gardner, who was fatally shot around 11:30 p.m. on Sunday in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. “I wish people would be as upset about a 1-year-old getting killed. That's what I wish,” NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea Shea said during a Tuesday morning interview on Spectrum NY1. Shea was responding to questions about gun crimes and recent clashes between Black Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter protesters when he turned his attention to Davell's tragic death. “I wish that, how many murders of young men throughout New York City, whether it's Brooklyn or Harlem? And I can tell you that cops are disgusted. They take it personally. They're working feverishly – they will get the killer of this 1-year-old, I have no doubt in my mind.” FUNDRAISER SET UP FOR FAMILY OF 1-YEAR-OLD SHOT AND KILLED AT...
    Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday he won’t fire NYPD Police Commissioner Dermot Shea — despite a city councilman’s calls for the top cop’s ouster amid a weekend pierced by gunfire. “The answer is no,” de Blasio said when asked if he was considering making changes to NYPD brass. “And the reason is that this leadership group has achieved so much for this city. And again, I worry that sometimes people see things only through the prism of an immediate moment. And I think we have to look at what’s happened over years and years. “I chose Commissioner Shea, having known him and worked closely with him for six years. He is an extraordinary public servant; we talk all the time,” he continued. The comments came in the wake of a letter penned by Councilman Rory Lancman Monday calling for Shea’s removal. In it, Lancman wrote that “Shea’s blaming a violent weekend on no longer jailing people too poor to pay bail and on officers soon no longer being allowed to choke suspects with impunity is a stunning admission of...
    The New York City Council voted Tuesday night to approve Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to slash nearly $1 billion from the city's police budget, and the city's top cop is none too thrilled and believes the council bowed to "mob rule." What happened? New York City's budget debate has received more attention than usual this year as leftist Mayor de Blasio made cutting about $1 billion from the NYPD's $6 billion operation budget a priority. The ongoing national debate over police reform coupled with the hit to the city's tax revenue caused by the coronavirus pandemic (and the government-imposed shutdown) made the budget battle extra contentious. After weeks of national attention, the council approved the 2021 budget Tuesday that includes a cut of $484 million from NYPD funds, plus a transfer of another $354 million away from police funding to other city agencies, the New York Times said. The budget also eliminated $537 million in planned capital spending, de Blasio said, according to the New York Post. Not surprisingly, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea was not...
    City Council bowed to “mob rule” when it slashed the NYPD’s budget by $1 billion, Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said Wednesday morning, while acknowledging the reduction will present a “significant challenge” but won’t “cripple” the department. “You’ll see in the City Council, [a] bow to mob rule,” Shea said. “And let’s mark the date on the calendar and how long it’s going to be before we’re having a conversation about New York is crying out for more police. And I think that day has come.” The city has seen a recent spike in shootings. Last week’s total shooting tally more than doubled compared to the same period last year. About 47 percent of New York City voters opposed defunding police, compared to 41 percent who supported shrinking the department, according to a Siena College poll released Tuesday. The top cop made the statements on Good Day New York, hours after the council approved the substantial cuts — amid an outcry from demonstrators seeking to defund the department in the wake of George Floyd’s death at the hands of police in...
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - The U.S. ambassador in Lebanon said on Monday the page had been turned on an incident sparked by a court ruling banning media in the country from interviewing her after she heaped criticism on the Iran-backed Shi'ite group Hezbollah. A Shi’ite judge in the southern city of Tyre ruled on Saturday that comments made by Ambassador Dorothy Shea had incited sectarian strife, and banned media in Lebanon from interviewing her for a year. The foreign minister in Lebanon's Hezbollah-backed government summoned Shea to the ministry on Monday. "We turned the page on this unfortunate distraction so we could all focus on the real crisis at end, which is the deteriorating economic situation in Lebanon," Shea told journalists at the foreign ministry after the meeting. The United States classifies Hezbollah as a terrorist group. Foreign Minister Nassif Hitti emphasised the importance of media freedom and the right to free expression during the meeting, the ministry said in a statement. Lebanon is grappling with an acute economic crisis seen as the worst threat to its stability since the 1975-90...
    BEIRUT, June 29 (Reuters) – The U.S. ambassador in Lebanon said on Monday the page had been turned on an incident sparked by a court ruling banning media in the country from interviewing her after she heaped criticism on the Iran-backed Shi’ite group Hezbollah. A Shi’ite judge in the southern city of Tyre ruled on Saturday that comments made by Ambassador Dorothy Shea had incited sectarian strife, and banned media in Lebanon from interviewing her for a year. The foreign minister in Lebanon’s Hezbollah-backed government summoned Shea to the ministry on Monday. “We turned the page on this unfortunate distraction so we could all focus on the real crisis at end, which is the deteriorating economic situation in Lebanon,” Shea told journalists at the foreign ministry after the meeting. The United States classifies Hezbollah as a terrorist group. Foreign Minister Nassif Hitti emphasised the importance of media freedom and the right to free expression during the meeting, the ministry said in a statement. Lebanon is grappling with an acute economic crisis seen as the worst threat to its stability since...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Calls for police reform are reverberating across the nation. An outraged public is demanding change after the death of George Floyd under the knee of a police officer."This is a problem that's always smoldering, and this ignited it and this isn't just really about policing," NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said. "This has to do with historic racism. This has to do with opportunity."Commissioner Shea is already in the process of enacting sweeping reforms. He's disbanding the department's controversial anti-crime unit, reassigning roughly 600 plain closed officers and operating under strict new guidelines including the timely release of body cam footage.RELATED: See more of Sade Baderinwa's interview with NYPD Commissioner Shea"This isn't a broken police department. This is a police department that has been for reform for the last six years, shea said. "We've put into place many of these things already."Some critics of the police are even calling for defunding entire departments.Right now, the New York City Council is considering cutting one billion dollars from the NYPD's budget.Shea says he is concerned with the impact on...
    WASHINGTON -  The federal office that led the prosecution of President Donald Trump's friend Roger Stone received "heavy pressure from the highest levels of the Department of Justice" to ease its sentencing recommendation, career prosecutor Aaron Zelinsky plans to tell Congress, according to his prepared remarks. Zelinsky, who withdrew from the Roger Stone case in protest, will testify on Wednesday before the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives Judiciary Committee about political pressures that he said the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia faced. He will add that Tim Shea, the acting U.S. attorney at the time who was appointed by Attorney General William Barr, ultimately caved into the pressure because he was "afraid of the President." Zelinsky's testimony never explicitly says who pressured Shea, but he said he was told that Shea "was receiving heavy pressure from the highest levels of the Department of Justice to cut Stone a break." "I was explicitly told that the motivation for changing the sentencing memo was political, and because the U.S. Attorney was 'afraid of the President,'" Zelinsky said. Republicans are...
    WASHINGTON -  The federal office that led the prosecution of President Donald Trump's friend Roger Stone received "heavy pressure from the highest levels of the Department of Justice" to ease its sentencing recommendation, career prosecutor Aaron Zelinsky plans to tell Congress, according to his prepared remarks. Zelinsky, who withdrew from the Roger Stone case in protest, will testify on Wednesday before the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives Judiciary Committee about political pressures that he said the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia faced. He will add that Tim Shea, the acting U.S. attorney at the time who was appointed by Attorney General William Barr, ultimately caved into the pressure because he was "afraid of the President." Zelinsky's testimony never explicitly says who pressured Shea, but he said he was told that Shea "was receiving heavy pressure from the highest levels of the Department of Justice to cut Stone a break." "I was explicitly told that the motivation for changing the sentencing memo was political, and because the U.S. Attorney was 'afraid of the President,'" Zelinsky said. Republicans are...
    The NYPD cops seen on camera driving into a group of protesters in Brooklyn late last month did not violate the department’s use-of-force policy, Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said Monday. Shea was asked about the May 30 incident by New York Attorney General Letitia James in an online public hearing on police encounters during the George Floyd protests. “Was that in violation of your use of force policy?” she asked. Shea answered: “No.” “Our internal affairs bureau investigated this information and preliminarily we have an accounting of that incident where we have officers in a situation where they’re essentially being penned in by protesters,” the top cop added. James then asked, “So in that particular instance, is it your testimony that … the police car was an appropriate use of force?” “I’m not saying that the police car was used as a use of force,” Shea said. “The officers were set upon and attacked, and thankfully they were able to get out of that situation with, to my knowledge, no injuries to anyone.” Video of the incident had shown...
    (CNN)The New York Police Department commissioner wrote to uniformed members Tuesday that the department will have to fight crime differently -- and do it with fewer street stops, according to a letter CNN obtained from a senior law enforcement official. "In the current climate, we have to fight crime differently. We will do it with less street-stops -- perhaps exposing you to less danger and liability -- while better utilizing data, intelligence, and all the technology at our disposal," Commissioner Dermot Shea wrote. "That means for the NYPD's part, we'll redouble our precision-policing efforts. And we'll hope for changes in some laws that would put people in jail who dare carry illegal guns in New York City, and for our five district attorneys to fully prosecute the criminals we bring to them -- essentially, we need all parts of the system to work in unison to deliver the best results."New York City crime stats show spike in burglaries and murders so far this year"To say we're in a very difficult position is an understatement."The letter comes as data from the...
    NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea signaled Tuesday that he’s open to the department ending its role in school safety enforcement — less than a week after Mayor Bill de Blasio said cops should stay in schools. “I think everyone has to cut,” Shea told The Associated Press when asked about calls for belt-tightening, first necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic, then exacerbated by a wave of police reform since the police-custody killing of George Floyd. “I think we’re going to be forced to do difficult things,” continued the top cop. “We certainly get that.” Among the tough cuts Shea told the AP he was willing to make was pulling up the NYPD’s stakes in city schools and traffic enforcement, which together account for about $500 million of the department’s nearly $6 billion budget. While de Blasio said last week that he was open to cops getting out of parking enforcement, he voiced reservations about pulling the Finest out of schools. “I know that the task force is looking at a whole range of issues, again, about what is better handled by civilians...
    NEW YORK (AP) — As chants of “defund the police” thunder at protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death, New York City’s police commissioner has found himself trying to avoid deep cuts to what has long been among the world’s best-funded law enforcement agencies. Over the last three months, the coronavirus crisis has dealt an estimated $9.5 billion blow to New York City’s budget, leading some elected officials to peer closely at police department funding. That scrutiny only intensified as pandemic lockdowns gave way to protests spurred by Floyd’s May 25 death in Minneapolis, with demonstrations in New York marred by looting and violent clashes between officers and demonstrators. Last Friday, city council leaders joined the city’s elected fiscal watchdog and police reform advocates in calling for $1 billion in cuts to the nearly $6 billion police budget. Among the proposals: slashing overtime, trimming the number of officers from about 36,000 through attrition, and investing some of the savings in social services and communities impacted by police misconduct. In an interview with The Associated Press, Police Commissioner Dermot Shea...
    New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea told "Your World" Monday that the focus should be on "reforming" law enforcement, not "defunding" it, as left-wing activists have called for in recent days. "There's a long record of [constructive] things put into place over the last six years," Shea told host Neil Cavuto. "We continue to have an open mind. We will continue to work collaboratively, certainly. Many bills that cross our desk, if you will, we have concerns about. "I think the main point is having that open dialogue; having a discussion with all parties," he added. Shea said that earlier Monday, he heard pointed criticism from a female African-American NYPD "employee" who said the commissioner was doing a "bad job on some things." VALERIE JARRETT: 'TO SOME DEGREE,' POLICE NEED MORE FUNDING FOR 'RECRUITMENT & TRAINING' VideoShea said that after reading the woman's email, he asked the department brass to set up a meeting with her. "I think we need more talking. I think we need more listening. I think we can all do better," he said. "Do the African-American communities have a point? Absolutely. If we say 'no', we are going to be right back in this place [whether] it's six...
    The group that cops violently clashed with in The Bronx on Thursday night wasn’t there to protest — but instead cause “mayhem” while armed with gasoline and “numerous weapons,” NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said Friday. “In this particular incident, we had information regarding the intent to destroy property, injure cops and to cause mayhem,” Shea said during the mayor’s daily press conference. “This wasn’t again about protests, this was about tearing down society,” the city’s top cop said. He said the NYPD’s plan to break up the rally of about 100 people “was executed nearly flawlessly” and led to officers recovering the gasoline and weapons, including a firearm. The details of related arrests were not immediately provided to The Post. The NYPD had come under fire for how police handled the Mott Haven demonstration, which was organized by Decolonize This Place, the group behind the anti-police protests on the subway earlier this year. The movement often targets cultural sites in the name of the rights of underrepresented groups. Videos from social media show cops violently enforcing the curfew to break...
    (CNN)An unprovoked stabbing attack of a New York Police Department officer that ended with two other officers with gunshot wounds and a suspect in critical condition is being investigated as a possible act of terrorism, a source familiar with the matter told CNN.Investigators do not believe the alleged acts are affiliated with any protests or looting seen across the city, the source said.The incident began around 11:45 p..m. Wednesday, when a man "casually" walked up to two officers at an anti-looting post in Brooklyn, took out a knife and stabbed an officer in the neck, Shea said during a press conference, citing video surveillance of the incident.Spat over NYC protests reignites long running feud between Cuomo and de Blasio "That officer was stabbed in the left side of his neck, thank God missing an artery, and is recovering here in stable condition at the hospital," he told reporters early Thursday morning.At around the same time, a uniformed sergeant and a police officer who were "a block or two away" heard shots fired and responded to the scene near the post...
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