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NYPD officers involved in fatal shooting of gay Black man Kawaski Trawick won't be disciplined

The New York City Police Department, led by Commissioner Edward Caban, has decided not to discipline the officers involved in the fatal shooting of Kawaski Trawick, a 32-year-old Black gay man, inside his Bronx apartment five years ago, prompting outrage at the department and New York City Mayor Eric Adams. The decision not to impose disciplinary action came after the NYPD concluded that the officers, Brendan Thompson and Herbert Davis, “acted within the law” during the incident.

UPDATE Police Commissioner Determines “No Crime” by Officers Involved in Shooting of Kawaski Trawick

Norwood News

Police Commissioner Edward A. Caban has determined that the two NYPD officers involved in the fatal shooting of Kawaski Trawick on April 14, 2019, inside his supportive housing apartment located at at 1616 Grand Avenue in the Morris Heights section of The Bronx, acted within the law in relation to their actions leading up to what was described by police as “the 32-year-old man’s tragic death.”


Queens police shooting: Calls emerge for firing of cops who fatally shot Win Rozaro as he suffered mental health crisis

The police shooting death Wednesday of Queens resident Win Rozaro has reignited calls from advocates to bar the NYPD from responding to mental health crises — and for the officers involved in the deadly incident to be fired. Rozaro himself had called 911 for help on March 27 while experiencing his mental health crisis, prompting a response to his home on 103rd Street in Ozone Park from the 102nd Precinct. Within minutes, he was dead, having been Tased and then fatally shot when he apparently charged at the officers with a pair of scissors.

Police shoot and kill 19-year-old in Queens who called police for mental help, NYPD says

Charles Lane and Bahar Ostadan
Police shot and killed a 19-year-old in his family’s Queens home on Wednesday afternoon after he called 911 while in a “mental crisis,” according to NYPD officials. Win Rozario was standing in the kitchen beside his mother when officers responded to the 911 call at their second-floor home in Ozone Park at around 1:40 p.m., police said. Officials said officers arrived within two minutes of Rozario’s call.

Hochul Sends in the Troops: State Police, National Guard to Do Subway Bag Checks

The City
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday announced the latest in a series of subway safety initiatives, placing MTA police officers, state troopers and 750 National Guard members at some of the city’s busiest stations to conduct bag checks. Following some headline-grabbing incidents underground — including the slashing last week of a conductor that led to what a top transit official called “some kind of work-stoppage charade” by the transit workers union — Hochul said beefing up the uniformed presence in stations will curb rider and worker fears.

Up Close 2/4/24: How Many Stops Act divides Mayor Eric Adams, New York City Council on policing

t's the biggest battle to date between the mayor and the City Council - and it has led to a division among many New Yorkers. A total of 42 of the 51 council members voted to override the mayor's veto of the How Many Stops Act, despite powerful warnings from New York City Mayor Eric Adams. Adams says more paperwork for NYPD officers means less time to fight crime. So, what impact will the new law have on efforts to fight crime? We talk to former New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton.

Adams Fought the Lawmakers and the Lawmakers Won

Hell Gate
On Tuesday morning, City Hall was abuzz, as the biggest political conflict of the new year came to a head. City Council had scheduled a vote to override two bills vetoed by Mayor Eric Adams. One bill required City jails to end the practice of holding people in protracted isolation. (The council had already banned solitary confinement nearly a decade earlier, but studies suggested that the Department of Correction has simply continued the practice under other names.)

New York City’s pro-cop mayor loses high-profile fight over policing legislation

Eric Adams adamantly opposed bills ending solitary confinement and requiring more reporting from police officers. The City Council passed them anyway.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams — a former police officer focused on combating crime — found himself in a feud Tuesday with the more progressive City Council over two criminal justice reform bills. And in this rare instance, Adams lost. Led by a relatively moderate Democrat aligned with the body’s progressive members, the Council delivered a striking rebuke to Adams by overriding two of his vetoes by an overwhelming margin. The votes capped weeks of lobbying and media appearances from officials on both sides of the debate — a flurry of activity exacerbated over the weekend when police pulled over a Council member who’d spent seven years in jail after being wrongly convicted as part of the “Central Park Five.”

Why NYC Council must override mayor’s veto of How Many Stops Act: Black City Council members

Daily News
Ten years after the NYPD’s use of stop-and-frisk was ruled unconstitutional by a federal court, Black New Yorkers continue to be the disproportionate target of police stops, too many of which are unconstitutional and underreported.  As Black men in New York City, we know firsthand about the humiliating and genuinely traumatic experiences of being stopped by police in your own community, despite having done nothing to warrant it.