Three Rikers Guards Indicted for Smuggling Cocaine and Oxycodone Into the Jail

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The correctional officer-jail inmate relationship is often a fraught one, rife with resentment, misunderstandings and violence. But sometimes, just sometimes, the two groups can put aside their differences and work together. That's the silver lining we can take from the news that two current Rikers COs, Steven Dominguez and Divine Rahming, have been charged with smuggling cocaine and oxycodone into the prison with the help of an inmate and his girlfriend. Another former Rikers guard, Deleon Gifth, who resigned earlier this year, was arrested Monday on charges that he was paid $500 to deliver what he thought was oxycodone to an inmate back in February.

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Outside the Israeli Consulate, 26 People Get Arrested for Lying in the 2nd Avenue Crosswalk

Categories: Arrests, Gaza

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Norman Finkelstein and dozens of others lay down in the middle of 2nd Avenue in front of the Israeli Consulate.
Outspoken critic of the Israeli bombing and occupation of Gaza Norman Finkelstein was one of 26 demonstrators arrested today outside of the Israeli Consulate. The protestors laid down along the crosswalk of 43rd Street and Second Avenue, blocking traffic. All 26 were arrested and taken to the 7th precinct, where they are being charged with disobeying a lawful order.


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Shia LaBeouf Shouted "Do You Know Who the Fuck I Am?" as He Was Being Arrested at Studio 54 Theater Last Night

As you may have heard by now, actor and public problem-haver Shia LaBeouf had an unsuccessful trip to the theater last night. LaBeouf's viewing of Cabaret was cut short around 8 p.m., when he was reportedly escorted out of Studio 54 Theater for smoking, yelling, and, per Page Six , slapping the butts of various actors.

We've obtained the criminal complaint against LaBeouf. It says police were called to the theater by a custodian, Carlos Ortiz, who told officers that he'd witnessed LaBeouf "yell loudly" at the actors onstage. Ortiz asked LaBeouf to leave. He refused.

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Suffolk County Police Department Must Pay $200,000 For False Arrest of Video Journalist

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A Suffolk County Police Sergeant approaches videographer Philip Datz to prevent him from filming on July 30, 2011.
On July 30, 2011, members of the Suffolk County Police Department were chasing two men, Ramon Rivera, 24, and Camilo Tatis, 33, around the tiny Long Island town of Bohemia. The men were eventually caught by police on Sycamore Street, and arrested on a variety of drug charges. Meanwhile, a press photographer and video journalist named Philip Datz showed up and started filming the aftermath of the chase. What happened next became the subject of a lengthy lawsuit, and, as the New York Civil Liberties Union announced today, a hefty settlement for the cameraman.

Datz worked for Stringer News Service, which sells breaking news footage to other media outlets. He had his press credentials displayed and he was standing on a public sidewalk. And even if Datz hadn't been a reporter, it's still absolutely legal to film or photograph the police in public spaces, provided you're not interfering with police activities.

Datz wasn't. Just moments after he began filming, though, a sergeant with Suffolk County's Fifth Precinct crossed the street towards him, yelling "Go away!"

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Eight Arrested and 3,000 Birds Rescued As "Operation Angry Birds" Busts Cockfight in Queens

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74-26 Jamaica Avenue, where the cockfights were reportedly held.
On Saturday night, state police, investigators from the New York Attorney General's Office, and the Department of Homeland Security brought an end to a popular attraction held at an abandoned storefront in Queens: a cockfighting ring, where roosters raised in upstate New York and held at a pet store in Brooklyn were made to fight to the death. Really? We can't find anything better to do with our weekends, cockfighting spectators?

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced this weekend that investigators from his office's New York State Organized Crime Task Force had arrested and charged eight people in the alleged cockfighting ring, in an investigation they dubbed "Operation Angry Birds." During the Saturday night raid, according to the New York Times , officers watched as people paid $40 each and filed into the basement of a vacant storefront at 74-26 Jamaica Avenue in Woodhaven. The roosters waiting to fight were held in sacks on the basement wall; many of the 65 birds rescued, per the NYT, had "their natural spurs clipped off and with sharper metal spurs attached to their bodies."

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Manhattan Topless Book Club on Brooklyn Woman's Arrest: Police Officer Was "Ignorant of the Law," "Abusive"

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Book club members enjoy reading (and not being arrested) in Central Park
Last week, we told you about Jessica Krigsman, a Brooklyn woman who's suing the city, alleging that she was wrongfully arrested last summer for sitting topless in a Gravesend park.

According to the suit, Krigsman was sitting on a bench when two police officers approached and told her to get dressed; when she declined, the suit alleges, Officer Colleen Canavan forced her shirt on her. Krigsman was cuffed, taken to the precinct, and, ultimately, charged with "obstruction of a sitting area," a charge that was later dropped.

Although going shirtless in New York is, for the nth time, totally, totally legal, Krigsman's lawsuit generated the usually flurry of commentary about whether it's right and appropriate and what about the children.

"Skank," offered one thoughtful commenter beneath a New York Post story.

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Stay Green, New York: Marijuana Arrests To Drop 20% In 2013

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You probably know the rules by now: in New York City, if you're caught in public view with pot, or in possession of 25 grams or more, you're getting a violation. Because of this (well, at least, partially), New Yorkers made up 99.2 percent (149,951) of the entire state's marijuana-related arrests (total: 155,048) last year. And, in 2012, getting thrown in the can for the reefer was still No. 1 in New York with the highest amount of arrests.

But lately, the external pressures placed on internal agencies by the incredibly high rates has become an engine for policy shifts. This is why Governor Cuomo continues to try to outlaw the public view provision in the criminal code last year. And why Bloomberg has opted out of the 'stay overnight in jail, be at court in the morning' situation for marijuana offenders. And why NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly has even told his officers to chill (brah) with the pot arrests.

Luckily, it looks like these efforts are actually showing real-time results.

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Why Daylight Robbery Is Best Treated As Metaphor: Reason 728

Categories: Arrests, NYPD

Tuesday around 1:40 p.m., three officers on 15th Street and Eighth Avenue happened by a black male leaning toward a yellow cab with his arms inside the window. We've all been there, either negotiating or vomiting or damning the cab driver to hell, but the officers realized this was different. The driver was calling for help.

That's when one cop in plainclothes, Eric Rivera, walked over to the taxi. The suspect had a knife in his hand, inside the cab.

Rivera screamed at the suspect, stating that he was a cop and ordering the man to drop the knife. That's when the man, a 40-year-old named Darnel Sanders, pulled himself out of the cab and started walking slowly toward the officer.

"Kill me," Sanders said.

Rivera retreated quickly, distancing himself from the advancing Sanders, who was focused on Rivera. Using Rivera as a diversion, the remaining two officers, Wilfred Ramos and Dennis Estwick, rushed Sanders, pried the knife from his hand, and arrested him.

Sanders, an Albany resident, was charged with robbery, menacing, and resisting arrest. Everyone, beleaguered cabbie included, walked away uninjured.


Arrest Count 73 At OWS Saturday, Police Say, As Occupiers Wait For Arraignments

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DCPI has confirmed to us that 73 people were arrested over the course of the day at the Occupy Wall Street protest staged yesterday, while OWS maintains that then number is over 90. Our reporter Nick Pinto headed over to 100 Centre Street for the arraignments of those that were taken into custody, but when he arrived found that none of the arrests appeared to be on the calendar for arraignments. Now some people waiting for their arrested friends are telling Nick that the earliest those will happen is tonight.

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Psychologist Drags Cop in Crazy Traffic Bust

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Talking to the crazies all day could make you go insane. That's why we're not putting too much blame on William Bannon Jr., a research psychologist at Mount Sinai Hospital. the New York Post has the story of his crazy arrest, which includes driving on the wrong side of the road, driving on the sidewalk, and finally driving with the arresting officer attached to the driver's-side window of the car. The arrest happened on East 62nd Street near First Avenue. It was apparently a crazy early night on the Upper East Side.

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