NYPD Watchdog Chair Says Chokehold Report Will Be 'Troubling'

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Source: CCRB Video
The Civilian Complaint Review Board is preparing to release a "troubling" chokehold report.
The new chair of the Civilian Complaint Review Board, the agency charged with reviewing citizen allegations of misconduct against the NYPD, said last night that a forthcoming study would reveal "troubling" findings about the alleged use of chokeholds by police officers in the city.

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Staten Island Teachers Furious Their Union Didn't Want Them to Wear NYPD Shirts to the First Day of School

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A group of teachers, reportedly from P.S. 220 in Queens, posted photos of themselves in NYPD shirts.
A group of public school teachers in Staten Island planned to wear T-shirts supporting the New York Police Department to the first day of school yesterday, but most backed off after warnings from their union, the United Federation of Teachers. The Staten Island Advance reports that more than 600 shirts reading "New York's Brightest Supports New York's Finest #ThankYouNYPD" were purchased from a specialty T-shirt printing company in Staten Island earlier this month. A group of teachers, pictured above, reportedly from P.S. 220 in Queens, posted photos of themselves in NYPD shirts in an apparent act of solidarity, although it's not clear if they actually wore them to class.

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Wide Racial Divide on How New Yorkers Feel About NYPD & Eric Garner's Death, Poll Shows

One thing most New Yorker agree on: Officer Daniel Pantaleo should face prosecution for killing Eric Garner.

In a new Quinnipiac University poll, 68 percent of New Yorkers said that "there is absolutely no excuse for how the police acted" and 64 percent believe that Staten Island Distriact Attorney Daniel Donovan should press criminal charges.

But even within that general point of agreement there are stark racial divides.

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Video: Watch the March for Eric Garner & Michael Brown on Staten Island

On August 23, 2014, about 5,000 protesters peacefully marched through Staten Island to protest police brutality, spurred by the deaths of two black men by white police officers in the space of a month.

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How to Join the "We Will Not Go Back" March for Eric Garner

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Reverend Al Sharpton with the family of Eric Garner on July 19.
Depending on where you get your news, tomorrow's march protesting the death of 43-year-old Eric Garner by NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo will either be a tame, "self-policed" demonstration with an "understated" NYPD presence or it will be an anarchic event,with some 350 "riot cops ready" and armed with "hats and bats."

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Photos: Several Arrested During March Against Police Brutality

All photos by C.S. Muncy for the Village Voice.
An NYPD sergeant scuffles with an anti-police protester in the East Village while trying to complete an arrest. During the march, the officer attempted to arrest a participant but was delayed when several other protesters attempted to pull the individual free. A melee ensued and the group was brought down to the pavement before several other officers intervened and completed the arrest.
A group of several hundred protesters gathered in Manhattan, marching late into the evening against police brutality. Marching to chants like "NYPD hey hey hey, how many kids did you kill today?" the group moved through the Lower East Side and East Village late into the night, taking to the streets throughout before ending in Union Square. At various points, individual protesters attempted to block the line of scooter-mounted police by tossing trash bags and street dividers onto the road, resulting in several arrests. Photos by C.S. Muncy for the Village Voice.

View the full gallery of images from last night's protests here: Several Arrested During March Against Police Brutality

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Grand Jury Will Hear Evidence on Eric Garner's Death

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Pallbearers carry Eric Garner's coffin at his funeral in Brooklyn July 23.
The Staten Island District Attorney's office says a grand jury will hear evidence on the death of Eric Garner, the 43-year-old man who died in July after NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo put him in a chokehold. A press release sent out this morning by Staten Island DA Daniel M. Donovan Jr.'s office didn't mention Office Pantaleo by name, saying only that "after a careful review of the recent findings of the Medical Examiner regarding the cause and manner of Mr. Garner's death," he'd decided to present the case to a grand jury.

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Why the Outrage After Michael Brown's Death Was Different From the Outrage After Eric Garner's Death

Danny Wicentowski, Riverfront Times
Delmar Boulevard runs east-west across St. Louis. Most people who live south of Delmar are white and almost everybody who lives north of Delmar is black. There are no Republicans on the St. Louis Board of Aldermen, so the political divide, and the fight for resources, is racial. Votes often split north/south, black/white.

This divide cuts across America, but in St. Louis there are no pretenses.

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Eric Garner's Death Dominates NYPD Oversight Board Meeting

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The Civilian Complaint Review Board yesterday held its first meeting since the death of Eric Garner.
The Civilian Complaint Review Board, an independent agency charged with reviewing complaints from the public about the NYPD, held its first meeting with new chair Richard Emery last night.

Emery was appointed last month by Mayor Bill de Blasio -- the CCRB had been without a chair since January, something de Blasio took some criticism for -- just ahead of wave of high profile cases of apparent police brutality by the NYPD.

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Police Union President: Ramsey Orta, Arrested Witness to Eric Garner's Death, Is "Demonizing the Good Work of Police Officers"

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Garner's pallbearers carry his casket after his funeral in Brooklyn July 23.
On July 17, 22-year-old Ramsey Orta filmed Staten Island police officers tackling his friend Eric Garner to the ground , watching as officer Daniel Pantaleo wrapped Garner's neck in a chokehold. The New York City Medical Examiner ruled on Friday, August 1 that Garner's death was a homicide, caused primarily by compression of his neck and chest, exacerbated by his prone position as well as asthma, obesity and heart disease.

As Garner's death caused worldwide outrage, Orta told Time he faced increased harassment from the police. On Saturday night, he was arrested by plainclothes narcotics officers and charged with gun possession.

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