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March 8, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A mistrial was declared in the manslaughter trial of an undercover New York police officer who allegedly shot an unarmed man in a warehouse hallway. The jury was unable to reach a verdict, Justice Daniel P. FitzGerald said. A spokeswoman for the Manhattan district attorney's office said the case would be retried. Officer Brian Conroy, 25, was on trial in the death of Ousmane Zongo, an art restorer who worked in the building where the shooting occurred.
March 17, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Two New York patrolmen whose guilty verdict in connection with a 1997 police station attack on Haitian immigrant Abner Louima was later reversed because of insufficient evidence are seeking reinstatement to the police department and back pay. Thomas Bruder and Thomas Wiese have filed a lawsuit in Manhattan Supreme Court..
February 11, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
New York's police union demanded that Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly resign over his comment that an officer's fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager last month appeared unjustified. Union delegates supported a no-confidence vote in Kelly that will test the relationship between Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and New York Police Department members. Bloomberg and Kelly responded with statements criticizing the union. A grand jury is investigating the Jan.
January 7, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
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 | From Associated Press
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 | From Times Wire Reports
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 | From Associated Press
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."
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.
Reprising a notorious case of police brutality, a prosecutor charged Monday that former officer Charles Schwarz violated Abner Louima's civil rights by holding the Haitian immigrant down in a Brooklyn station house while another patrolman tortured him with a broomstick. "Charles Schwarz took Mr. Louima to the bathroom of the station house," Assistant U.S. Atty. Lauren Resnick told the jury during opening statements at Schwarz's second trial on accusations of violating Louima's civil rights.
November 14, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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