Latest Bill de Blasio News

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...

Nike signs merchandising agreement with New York City

Aug. 20, 2019 4:00 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Sneaker giant Nike will sell New York City-branded merchandise under a two-year licensing agreement. The deal reached last week will allow Beaverton, Oregon-based Nike to sell apparel with the logos of the NYPD or other iconic city institutions. A Nike spokeswoman said the deal is the...

The Latest: Mayor says justice served in firing of officer

Aug. 20, 2019 3:24 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Eric Garner case (all times local): 2:50 p.m. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says the police commissioner's firing of the officer whose chokehold contributed to the death of an unarmed black man means that "justice was served." De Blasio said Monday he...

NYPD fires officer 5 years after Garner's chokehold death

Aug. 19, 2019 6:58 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — After five years of investigations and protests, the New York City Police Department on Monday fired an officer involved in the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner, the black man whose dying gasps of "I can't breathe" gave voice to a national debate over race and police use of force. Police...

Police seek to question man in NYC rice cooker bomb scare

Aug. 16, 2019 2:10 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Three abandoned devices that looked like pressure cookers caused an evacuation of a major New York City subway station and closed off an intersection in another part of town Friday morning before police determined the objects were not explosives. Police were looking to talk to a man seen on...

Police departments confront 'epidemic' in officer suicides

Aug. 15, 2019 6:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A rash of suicides by police officers has shaken the New York Police Department, leading the commissioner to declare a mental health emergency and highlighting the problem of untreated depression among law enforcement officers nationwide. On Wednesday, Robert Echeverría, 56, became the...

Hannity to de Blasio: 'You drive me crazy!'

Aug. 7, 2019 11:48 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Mayor Bill de Blasio sparred, clashed and laughed with Fox News host Sean Hannity on Wednesday when the Democratic presidential hopeful faced the conservative TV titan who has disparaged him for years. For one hour on cable news' top-rated show, their raised voices overlapped as...

NYC pledges $9M to aid area after Brooklyn festival shooting

Aug. 6, 2019 7:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City plans to spend $9 million to enhance anti-violence efforts, crisis response, security and other programs in the Brooklyn neighborhood where gunfire killed one person and wounded 11 others at a community festival. Mayor Bill de Blasio and other officials announced the new...