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GOP Rep. Peter King retiring, giving Dems new 2020 target

Nov. 11, 2019 2:25 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Peter King, a moderate Republican who has represented a Long Island congressional district for nearly 30 years, announced Monday he won't seek reelection, enhancing Democrats' chances to grab yet another suburban House seat as they defend their majority in 2020. The decision comes...

New York City wrestles with surge of violent police clashes

Nov. 10, 2019 11:56 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A surge in violent police clashes has left a trail of bodies across New York City, stoking tensions between officers and critics who say they have been too quick to use deadly force. Since mid-October, New York Police Department officers have shot five people, killing four of them —...

Big challenges await NYC's new police boss

Nov. 6, 2019 3:27 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Each month, Dermot Shea sits with other top New York City police officials and the mayor to brief reporters on the latest crime statistics. In front of them, often, is a big, blue sign featuring a variation on their underlying message: "Safest Big City in America." Appointed Monday to be...

NYPD commissioner's exit: 'Right time' after tense summer

Nov. 4, 2019 8:51 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's police commissioner, who has found himself caught at times between loyalty to his officers and demands from the public and politicians for greater police accountability, announced Monday that he is retiring. James O'Neill said he will leave for a private sector job in...

The Latest: Outgoing, incoming NYC police chiefs speak

Nov. 4, 2019 2:41 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the resignation of New York City's police commissioner (all times local): 2:45 p.m. New York City's incoming police commissioner says he views his calling as a "sacred responsibility." Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea spoke at a press conference Monday alongside outgoing...

NYPD supports changes to disciplinary records law

Oct. 24, 2019 5:04 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The nation's largest police department stopped short of endorsing the full repeal of a New York state law used to keep the police disciplinary records secret Thursday, but said certain documents should be released in serious misconduct cases. Assistant Deputy Commissioner Oleg...

NYPD officer fired in chokehold death sues to get job back

Oct. 23, 2019 11:04 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The officer who was fired in the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner is suing the New York Police Department and the police commissioner to be reinstated. Daniel Pantaleo's lawyer, Stuart London, told the New York Post the lawsuit was filed on Wednesday and argued that his termination...

Sharpton looks to comfort families after police shootings

Oct. 19, 2019 11:35 AM EDT

A life taken at the hands of police. A grieving family. A divided nation. A stirring eulogy by the Rev. Al Sharpton. The 65-year-old civil rights activist has become a constant of the Black Lives Matter era with his presence in the pulpit after police shootings of African Americans, showing up in cities like...

Eric Garner's mother urges repeal of NY police secrecy law

Oct. 17, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The mother of Eric Garner is urging New York lawmakers to repeal a law used to keep the disciplinary records of police and correction officers secret. Gwen Carr says the law endangers New Yorkers and makes it close to impossible for her to fight for justice. The 2014 chokehold death of...

Trial to start for Georgia cop who shot naked, unarmed man

Sep. 21, 2019 9:11 AM EDT

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — A police officer responding to a call of a naked man behaving erratically at an Atlanta-area apartment complex arrived on the scene, exited his vehicle and shot the man almost immediately. Now a jury must decide if he's guilty of murder. Robert "Chip" Olsen, then a DeKalb County...