One word on Saturday brought an estimated 20,000 or police officers to Myrtle Avenue in Glendale as New York City mourned the loss of NYPD Officer Rafael Ramos.
"Brotherhood," said Officer Kevin Chesney of Jackson Township in New Jersey.
NYPD Officer Rafael Ramos was laid to rest on Saturday, lauded by dignitaries and honored by more than 20,000 poice officers from across the country, and across international borders.
It is time for everyone, protestors and elected officials as well as others, to back off all of the angry rhetoric that has been going on for the last several months, culminating with the senseless and brutal assassination of two New York City police officers on a Brooklyn street. The families of these two officers need to be able to grieve their losses without any more unnecessary difficulties.
The mayor and the Police Department need to sit down and begin in earnest to discuss all of the issues that have and continue to cause such tension and division. We cannot have our police officers being targeted by anybody who thinks that they have the right to shoot them. The mayor needs to unequivocally state that he supports the NYPD 100 percent. Our police officers all risk their lives each and every day to protect all of the people of this city, and they deserve the highest degree of protection and respect. If protesters cannot peacefully protest, then those protests must be halted immediately, since they are only exacerbating an already tense and worsening situation.
Our thoughts are with the families and colleagues of these two brave officers. All New Yorkers mourn this tragic and difficult loss. It is time for working together, and not continued confrontation, which does not help anyone at all.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all be civilized citizens?
We have to thank our Police Department for the fact that our great City of New York is regarded as one of the safest cities in the world today, with a diverse population of about 8 million people from over 120 countries, speaking over 135 languages. The reason we have one of the safest cities is in large part due to the hard work of the men and women in the department. We should praise them, not criticize them.
Statistics show that crime is down by 80 percent from 20 years ago; this tells us that the police department is doing a great job.
It has been said that the city will spend $29 million dollars of taxpayers’ money to retrain the police. Instead of wasting this money, it would be much better spent on educating the people who criticize the Police Department. The money can be used to place advertising on public transportation
such as our trains, subways and buses. This advertising should emphasize to our citizens the importance of obeying the law, getting an education, respecting other people’s rights, not stealing and not committing crimes. If we continue to criticize the hard work of the men and women of the Police Department, then we jeopardize our city with going back to 20 years ago when crime was so bad that we could not leave our homes or apartments without being mugged.
Let’s work together. We have millions of tourists visiting our great city every day bringing wealth and jobs. I believe in the next few years our population will continue to increase because our city is a safe one.
Queens officials, clergy and community leaders have organized three events to honor the two police officers assassinated Saturday afternoon in Brooklyn by a career criminal out to avenge the deaths of two black men at the hands of cops this summer.
Three masked intruders have entered Jamaica High School and police emergency units have responded, the city announced around 2:25 p.m. Thursday on its NYC Alerts Twitter feed.
A 24-year-old New York City police officer, who worked part-time for a Flushing paint store, has been charged with cashing two checks and pocketing nearly $7,000 in cash two months ago. The checks had allegedly been stolen from a business sharing building space with the paint store.
The defendant is Gerardo Laera, 24, from Queens. The Queens District Attorney’s Office would not confirm it, but there is a (man’s name) of that age living in Corona.
Action needs to be taken to improve mobility between northern and southern Queens along the Woodhaven Boulevard corridor, including to and from Midtown Manhattan.
A new study by Queens College, Community Impact Study of Proposed Uses of the Rockaway Beach Branch Right of Way, reports that the region’s transit users must endure a subway trip that is 42 percent longer than the New York City average. In some cases, such as from Far Rockaway to Midtown, the subway journey time is at least an hour. Travel to other parts of Queens can exceed two hours. In contrast, the Long Island Rail Road trains that crossed Jamaica Bay on the Rockaway Beach Line took as little as 43 minutes.
The rift between the NYPD and many of our elected officials, including Mayor de Blasio, only appears to be growing, and that is not good news for anyone.
The situation took a turn for the worse when the mayor made an unwise comment about an incident in which several protesters injured two police lieutenants who had stopped a rioter from throwing a garbage can from the Brooklyn Bridge walkway onto cops who were on the roadway below. De Blasio called it “an incident ... in which a small group of protesters allegedly assaulted some members of the NYPD” — even though it was all caught on video. Both of the lieutenants were injured, one suffering a broken nose.
Leaders of Community Board 13 said Monday that the city’s Administration for Children’s Services wants to place a home for nonviolent youthful offenders in Queens Village.
But board members also said they want ACS officials to attend a meeting and discuss exactly what they have in mind.
Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff said last Wednesday that the 106th Precinct has seen crime drop by 7 percent year-to-date, following a 5-percent decline in crime over the last month.
“The men and women of the 106th are doing are great job here, including transit officers,” Schiff, the commanding officer of the precinct, said at the monthly meeting of the 106th Precinct Community Council.
On the cusp of a pilot program that will equip police officers in the 103rd Precinct with body cameras, a high-ranking police official was in Jamaica Tuesday night to talk about what the NYPD knows about cameras and still must find out.
The 103rd will be the only precinct in Queens participating in the trial program. Speaking before about 40 members of the public at a meeting of the precinct’s Community Council, Lawrence Byrne, deputy commissioner for legal matters, said the program will be up and running before Christmas.
A Staten Island grand jury’s decision last week not to indict NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo for the death of Eric Garner has triggered nationwide anger, including among Queens congressional members who are calling on the U.S. Department of Justice to slap a federal indictment against the cop.
At a press conference last week in Washington, moments after the announcement of the decision, lawmakers renewed their calls for the DOJ to launch a federal investigation in Garner’s death. The DOJ said it will probe the man’s death, including how the grand jury reached its decision.
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”
The same week Mayor de Blasio announced a decrease in civilian police complaints, a grand jury announced the officer accused of killing Eric Garner in an apparent chokehold was not guilty.
Flanked by the city courts, Foley Square in Downtown Manhattan was flooded with thousands of people protesting the grand jury decision of the Eric Garner case on Wednesday.
Mayor de Blasio issued the following letter to the people of New York City on Dec. 4:
Eric Garner's death was a terrible tragedy that no family should have to endure. For many across our city and our nation, yesterday's grand jury ruling compounds feelings of grief with dissatisfaction and anger.
As we reflect on the weeks leading up to yesterday's decision and prepare our path forward, I want to share a snapshot of our short- and long-term plans to improve the relationship between police and the communities they serve.
The Queens chapter of the National Action Network, the organization headed by the Rev. Al Sharpton, announced shortly after 3 p.m. today that it will march “Plaza to Plaza” starting at 5 p.m. to protest alleged police mistreatment of the people, especially minorities.
Meanwhile other groups are planning what is expected to be a large protest that will start 30 minutes after the NAN rally just a couple blocks away in Foley Plaza. A number of activist groups with Queens members, including Communities United for Police Reform, were involved in planning that protest.
A plane that landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Sunday had to be immediately evacuated because of a bogus bomb threat made by an anonymous caller, according to Port Authority officials.
A Port Authority spokesman said a plane that landed on the runway at 12:07 p.m. at John F. Kennedy International Airport, which originated from Barcelona, Spain, was towed to a remote location due to a bomb threat that was phoned into the Port Authority Police Department.
A Sunnyside man on his way to a movie shoot in Dubai was arrested by Port Authority police last Wednesday at John F. Kennedy International Airport for allegedly trying to smuggle weapons in his luggage.
The suspect was identified as Jlil Dewan, 57, according to PAPD spokesman Joe Pentangelo.
Community Board 4 may have only met for about 70 minutes on Tuesday night, but it was an efficient use of time.
The board heard two proposals from developers looking to build in Corona, approving one, and discussed other matters, including the proposed unification of Roosevelt Avenue into one police precinct.
Activists, officials furious over Garner case; protest today
Pietro Cardella, known throughout southwest Queens as Peter, was a much-loved and well-respected member of the Ridgewood community for decades, right up until his death last Wednesday at the age of 97.
At his wake, held last weekend at the Glascott Funeral Home on Metropolitan Avenue in Forest Hills, Cardella was fondly remembered by many friends and relatives, including his son-in-law Joe Ferretti, who referred to him simply as “the last great man.”
Fifty-four officers in six Police Department commands, including the 103rd Precinct in Jamaica, are poised to begin a pilot program testing two different types of body cameras, the mayor announced Wednesday in College Point.
The 103rd and two other precincts in other boroughs will begin testing one type of camera Friday and three more precincts will begin testing the other next week.