Latest James O'Neill News

Officer who guarded El Chapo's wife arrested in drug sting

Sep. 19, 2019 7:15 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City police officer who moonlighted as a bodyguard for the wife of convicted Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was arrested in a drug sting Wednesday after prosecutors say he transported cocaine for an undercover officer posing as a drug dealer. Ishmael Bailey, 36,...

NYPD officer hurt, domestic violence suspect dead

Sep. 17, 2019 12:54 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A police officer was wounded by gunfire and a domestic violence suspect was killed Tuesday as he resisted arrest on Staten Island. Police Commissioner James O'Neill said it was not immediately clear whose bullet hit the officer, who required hand surgery. "Our officer today acted...

Off-duty police inspector killed in Bronx motorcycle crash

Sep. 16, 2019 6:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City police inspector has been killed in a motorcycle crash in the Bronx. Police say 56-year-old Michael McGrath was on his motorcycle in the Pelham Bay neighborhood just before 8 a.m. Monday when he collided with a truck that was making a left turn. McGrath was taken to a...

NYPD: Fewer arrests since 'I can't breathe' officer's firing

Sep. 4, 2019 6:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Arrests totals in New York City have plunged in the two weeks since the police department fired an officer for the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner, pointing to a possible slowdown amid a heated response to the firing from the officers' union. Felony arrests are down about 11% and...

Feds: Man plotted NYC knife attack in name of Islamic State

Aug. 30, 2019 5:34 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A 19-year-old New York City man accused of plotting a knife attack on behalf of the Islamic State group told undercover agents he wanted to record the bloodshed on video in hopes of inspiring others to commit attacks, federal prosecutors said Friday. Awais Chudhary was arrested Thursday as...

Police union wants mayor, commish out over Garner firing

Aug. 28, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's largest police union says the mayor and police commissioner should lose their jobs over the firing last week of an officer in the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner. Police Benevolent Association delegates unanimously approved no confidence resolutions Wednesday calling for...

Garner's family seeks mayor's testimony on chokehold death

Aug. 27, 2019 3:56 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Eric Garner's relatives asked a court Tuesday to force New York City's mayor and police commissioner to answer questions under oath as the family seeks to pull back the curtain on the investigation into his 2014 chokehold death. Garner's mother and sister, joined by police reform advocates,...

Where Garner died, changes in policing win little applause

Aug. 21, 2019 8:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A police cruiser constantly sits a few feet from a small floral memorial to Eric Garner on the Staten Island sidewalk where he spent his dying moments five years ago. Tompkinsville Park, which police were targeting for patrols when they encountered Garner selling loose, untaxed cigarettes,...

Police supervisor to lose vacation days over Garner death

Aug. 21, 2019 5:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A police sergeant accused of failing to properly supervise officers involved in the 2014 death of Eric Garner has agreed to give up about four weeks of vacation time to settle her internal disciplinary case, a police official said Wednesday. Sgt. Kizzy Adonis was the first police supervisor...

'I can't breathe' case clouds de Blasio's tenure, 2020 run

Aug. 20, 2019 6:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio's relationship with New York City's police force was destined to be rocky. He took office promising to overhaul how the city's 36,000 officers interacted with the public, especially people of color. But Blasio's handling of one such interaction — the 2014 police...