Latest New York Attorney General's Office News

FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2019 file photo, New York State Attorney General Letitia James speaks during a news conference at her office in New York. New York's attorney general on Thursday, June 18, 2020, blasted the New York City Police Department and the mayor for ignoring repeated invitations to testify at a hearing on allegations that officers used excessive force to quell unrest and enforce a citywide curfew in the wake of George Floyd's death in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, FIle)

New oversight committee would restore faith in NYPD, AG says

Jul. 8, 2020 6:55 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Attorney General Letitia James proposed sweeping changes Wednesday to boost oversight of the New York City Police Department, including forming an independent commission that would approve the department's budget and have the final say on officer discipline. “The police...

FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2020, file photo, Harvey Weinstein arrives at a Manhattan courthouse as jury deliberations continue in his rape trial in New York. Weinstein and his former studio’s board have reached a nearly $19 million settlement with dozens of his sexual misconduct accusers, New York state's attorney general and lawyers in a class-action lawsuit said Tuesday, June 30, 2020. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Weinstein reaches tentative $19M deal with accusers

Jun. 30, 2020 11:20 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Weinstein and his former studio’s board have reached a nearly $19 million settlement with dozens of his sexual misconduct accusers, New York state's attorney general and lawyers in a class-action lawsuit said Tuesday. The agreement was announced by New York Attorney General...

FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2018, file photo, Geoffrey Berman, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, speaks during a news conference at the Department of Justice in Washington. Berman, who oversaw key prosecutions of allies of President Donald Trump and an investigation into Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, is resigning. Attorney General William Barr said Friday, June 19, 2020, that Trump intends to nominate Jay Clayton, the chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission, to the post. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

DOJ tries to oust US attorney investigating Trump allies

Jun. 20, 2020 1:10 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department moved abruptly Friday night to oust Geoffrey S. Berman, the U.S. attorney in Manhattan overseeing key prosecutions of President Donald Trump’s allies and an investigation of his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. But Berman said he was refusing to leave his post...

FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2019 file photo, New York State Attorney General Letitia James speaks during a news conference at her office in New York. New York's attorney general on Thursday, June 18, 2020, blasted the New York City Police Department and the mayor for ignoring repeated invitations to testify at a hearing on allegations that officers used excessive force to quell unrest and enforce a citywide curfew in the wake of George Floyd's death in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, FIle)

Stark accounts, scorn for NYPD at protest brutality hearing

Jun. 18, 2020 4:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Amid harrowing testimony about New York City police officers slamming peaceful protesters to the ground, kicking a woman in the face and beating people with batons, the state's attorney general blasted the NYPD and the mayor Thursday for ignoring repeated invitations to testify. Attorney...

Buffalo police officer fired for intervening pushes reform

Jun. 18, 2020 4:13 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A Buffalo police officer fired 12 years ago for interfering with another officer who she said was choking a suspect is stepping up calls for reforms around how officers should respond to police brutality following George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, where an officer pressed his...

The Rev. Al Sharpton speaks at a memorial service for George Floyd at North Central University Thursday, June 4, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

The Latest: Sharpton: DC rally being planned for Aug. 28

Jun. 5, 2020 10:12 PM EDT

TOP OF THE HOUR: — Sharpton planning DC rally for Aug. 28 anniversary of MLK's “I Have A Dream” speech — Minneapolis-St. Paul curfew over as troopers, National Guard to be sent home — Seattle mayor bans police use of a type of tear gas for 30 days. — Phoenix woman says...