January 7, 2004 |
New York City will pay $3 million to the family of Amadou Diallo, an unarmed West African immigrant killed by undercover police outside his home in 1999. "The mayor, the Police Department and the city deeply regret what occurred and extend their sympathies to the Diallo family," Michael Cardozo, the city's chief lawyer, said in announcing the settlement. Diallo was shot to death by four white officers who said they mistook his wallet for a gun.
April 18, 2003 |
Civil rights lawyers urged a judge Thursday to restore restrictions on the city's police force, calling it "out of control" for asking antiwar protesters political questions. The lawyers said police asked protesters who had been arrested their party affiliations, their views on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and whether they thought the United States should have become involved in World War II. Several civil rights attorneys signed court papers asking U.S. District Judge Charles S. Haight Jr.
November 12, 2002 |
The city has agreed to pay $327,500 to a black police officer fired after criticizing the department following the fatal shooting of unarmed African immigrant Amadou Diallo, her lawyer said. Yvette Walton also will be reinstated so she can retire with a pension, her attorney said. Diallo was shot at 41 times by police officers who said they mistakenly thought he had a gun.
September 22, 2002 |
A former police officer was sentenced to five years in prison Saturday in a last-minute deal that avoided a fourth trial on charges he lied about the torture of a Haitian immigrant in a precinct bathroom. U.S. District Judge Reena Raggi sentenced Charles Schwarz to five years in prison--the maximum penalty for perjury. In exchange, prosecutors dropped outstanding civil rights charges and a second perjury count. At sentencing, Raggi scolded Schwarz for lying about "a senseless and brutal attack."
July 17, 2002 |
A sometimes contentious and divided jury convicted former police officer Charles Schwarz of perjury Tuesday but failed to reach agreement on whether he helped torture Abner Louima in the bathroom of a Brooklyn police station in 1997. The jurors found that Schwarz lied when he denied leading Louima, a Haitian immigrant, from the front desk of the police precinct toward the bathroom.
November 14, 2001 |
Mayor-elect Michael Bloomberg reached back to the out-of-fashion David N. Dinkins era for New York's next police commissioner, Raymond Kelly. In announcing the appointment, Bloomberg brought up a point often obscured by the crime-stopper reputation of Rudolph W. Giuliani's administration: The city's once-soaring crime rate began to fall two years before Giuliani was elected mayor.
March 23, 2001 |
The city has approved a $9-million settlement with a Haitian immigrant who was tortured in a police station, seeking to close an ugly chapter in the history of the nation's largest police department. Under the tentative deal, Abner Louima would receive payment from the city and the Police Benevolent Assn. but would drop his demand that the New York Police Department changes how it deals with officers accused of abuse, sources close to the case said Thursday. Mayor Rudolph W.
February 11, 2001 |
Two former police officers were put on probation for misleading FBI investigators about the torture of a prisoner in 1997. Francisco Rosario, 36, and Rolando Aleman, 30, were among six officers to either be convicted or plead guilty in the attack on Abner Louima, a Haitian immigrant who was dragged into a Brooklyn precinct bathroom and sodomized with a broken broomstick. Rosario was sentenced to three years' probation by U.S. District Judge Eugene Nickerson.
January 28, 2001 |
New York City wants to allow the same civilian agency that investigates police misconduct to take its cases to court to make the complaint process more efficient. Currently, the Civilian Complaint Review Board investigates claims of abuse filed by the public, then sends cases with evidence of misconduct to Police Department lawyers who decide whether the cases can be prosecuted. Under the change, expected to be completed within 90 days, the board would prosecute cases instead of forwarding them.
August 9, 2000 |
Howard Safir, whose leadership of New York's Police Department was marked by plummeting crime rates but also racial incidents that drew national attention, announced Tuesday he is resigning as commissioner. "I am leaving probably the best job that any human being could have," he told a City Hall news conference with, as usual, Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani at his side. "Crime is the lowest it's been in three decades."