Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s full of it on looters and the no-bail law

Right now, anyone arrested for looting gets rapidly released, with no need to post bail to avoid jail until trial. Gov. Andrew Cuomo could fix it — but he’s instead pretending that the laws aren’t crystal-clear.

That would be laws Cuomo has signed, including last year’s horrific “no bail” law and this year’s inadequate fixes to it.

Manhattan DA Cy Vance has called on the gov to use his emergency powers to settle the issue (for now) — that is, to override the no-bail law that stops judges from using their discretion to remand dangerous perps.

But Cuomo won’t admit the truth, as outlined not just by the District Attorneys Association of the State of New York, but also the state Office of Court Administration.

The gov says DAs should charge looters with Burglary 2, which allows judges to order bail be posted or the perp heads to jail. But that requires that the use of a “dangerous instrument” be part of the alleged crime. And the ruling from the state’s top court is clear: Someone has to be on the other side of the window when you throw a brick through it. If no one’s there, it’s not a weapon, and jail/bail is off the table.

The gov says DAs should level Burglary 2 charges anyway and hope the courts agree, on the grounds that past cases didn’t include the dangerous mass looting now seen. Sorry: As Orange County DA David Hoovler, the head of the state DAs Association, explained Thursday, such blatant overcharging “would run afoul of the ethical obligations prosecutors are sworn to uphold.”

The gov’s folks cite formal opinions from top lawyers for the state Senate and Assembly to the effect that legislators’ intent matches Cuomo’s reading. That’s pure butt-covering from the Legislature: The lawmakers who passed the no-bail law clearly did intend to spring almost everyone — that’s the language they passed into law and what they left in place when they amended it this year.

If legislators now “intend” otherwise, they should amend the law immediately. If they won’t, a Cuomo emergency order is the only hope. Either way, it’s up to the folks who made this mess to clean it up.

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Man fighting for his life after he was shot in Barking hours after boy, 2, injured in quadruple shooting in North London – The Sun

A MAN in his 20s is fighting for his life after being shot in East London just hours after a two-year-old boy was injured in a quadruple shooting in North London.

A second man in his 20s also rushed to hospital following this afternoon's attack in Barking didn't suffer gunshot wounds.

Armed cops were scrambled to the scene just after 2pm today after reports of shots fired.

Paramedics and the London Air Ambulance raced to Wilmington Gardens where the two injured men were found.

Shocking video shows one blood-covered victim slumped in a wrecked Ford mounted on the pavement after it had crashed into two parked cars.

Police said one of the men is in a critical condition after being gunned down, but haven't confirmed what the second man's injuries are.

No arrests have yet been made.


Last night, a two-year-old boy was seriously injured after reportedly being shot in the neck in a car with his mum.

Two men  in their late teens were also left wounded in an "act of indiscriminate violence" in Harlesden, North West London.

Cops said the three adults, believed to have been known to each other, were approached by a lone gunman in Energen Close on Wednesday night.

He fired multiple shots at the two men, hitting them, the mother and her baby son, who was in a nearby car, before fleeing on a motorbike.

Detective Chief Inspector Rick Sewart said: "As a result of this terrible crime, an innocent two-year-old-boy is now seriously ill in hospital.

"This child was shot in a wanton act of indiscriminate violence."

The toddler was seen with a gunshot wound to the neck before being taken away in an ambulance.

Following the Barking shooting, a Met Police spokesman said: "At this very early stage there have been no arrests.

"An extensive crime scene is in place as officers work to fully establish what happened."

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Soldiers from the Household Cavalry scrub graffiti off Whitehall

Soldiers from the Household Cavalry scrub graffiti off Whitehall while George Floyd protesters berate them for protecting ‘precious memorials’

  • A dozen soldiers from the Household Cavalry scrubbed at graffiti yesterday
  • The group took horse-grooming brushes down to the Earl Haig statue in London
  • Black Lives Matter demonstrators were protesting around them as they cleaned
  • The group were blasted for ‘not waiting even a day’ before cleaning the slogan 
  • ACAB, claiming police are complicit in systemic racism, was spray painted in red

Soldiers from the Household Cavalry have been filmed scrubbing graffiti in Whitehall as protesters blasted them for cleaning ‘their precious memorial’ while Black Lives Matter demonstrations continued around them.

Around a dozen soldiers left their barracks next to Hyde Park in London last night, with the permission of their commander, to clean graffiti from the Earl Haig memorial.

A video taken at 8.30pm shows the group furiously scrubbing at red marks left on the base of the statue. 

The graffiti read ACAB – a slogan used to indicate all police are complicit in a system that works against black people. It stands for ‘All cops are b*****ds’.

Protests broke out in London on Monday, two weeks after African-American George Floyd gasped ‘I can’t breath’ minutes before dying as a police officer knelt on his neck in Minneapolis, US.

Around a dozen soldiers left their barracks next to Hyde Park in London last night, with the permission of their commander, to clean graffiti from the Earl Haig memorial

In yesterday’s 42-second clip the woman filming said: ‘Couldn’t even wait a day. Not one day, because of their precious memorial’.

Another protester berated the cavalry regiment for picking up signs and putting them in bin bags, which she says she saw them doing earlier in the day.

She said: ‘Excuse me when I saw you earlier you all picked up signs and put them in bin bags. Why did you pick them up? I don’t understand.’ 

The soldiers appeared to use their horse grooming brushes to remove the paint from the statue of World War 1 senior army officer Earl Haig

This protester berated the cavalry regiment for picking up signs and putting them in bin bags, which she says she saw them doing earlier in the day

Who was Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig, and why was his role in WW1 so controversial? 

A portrait of General Douglas Haig (1861 – 1928) the 1st Earl of Bemersyde around 1918

Earl Haig was considered a controversial figure for 20 years from the 1960s until the 1980s.

Critics blamed him for mass casualties during his role as an army general during the First World War.

He commanded the British Expeditionary Force on the Western Front from late 1915 until the end of the war.

But by the 1980s arguments were made in his favour, as his biographer Major General Sir John Davidson, praised his adoption of new tactics and technologies.

Critics were accused of failing to understand the tactical and strategic realities of the time – which were the real cause for so many deaths.

Some two million soldiers were killed in battle under his command, so many he was once nicknamed ‘Butcher Haig’. 

But the Earl was greatly loved by his soldiers and his funeral on February 2, 1928, was made a day of national mourning.

‘Great crowds lined the streets, come to do honour to the chief who had sent thousands to the last sacrifice when duty called for it, but whom his war-worn soldiers loved as their truest advocate and friend,’ it was reported. 

He led troops into the Battle of the Somme, Battle of Arras, the third battle of Ypres, the German Spring Offensive and the final Hundred Days Offensive.  

In the 1989 comedy series Blackadder Goes Forth, Haig, played by Geoffrey Palmer, makes an appearance in the final episode. Referring to the limited gains made during the 1915–1917 offensives, Blackadder says: ‘Haig is about to make yet another gargantuan effort to move his drinks cabinet six inches closer to Berlin.’ 

Haig is also portrayed sweeping up model soldiers from a large map with a dustpan and brush, and tossing them casually over his shoulder. 

The soldiers appeared to use their horse grooming brushes to remove the paint from the statue of World War 1 senior army officer Earl Haig.

The bronze equestrian statue has been at the spot since it was unveiled by Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester on November 10, 1937.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence confirmed it was members of the Household Cavalry who were filmed cleaning the statue.

They said: ‘They were in the area because their head office is nearby and they noticed the graffiti and wanted to go out and clean it. 

‘They asked permission and the commander was happy for them to do so as long as they stayed safe.’  

Britons have been protesting across the country this week in solidarity with African-Americans angry over police brutality in the US.

Thousands of people gathered for demonstrations in Bristol, Birmingham, Hull, Exeter, and Portsmouth yesterday as they called for systemic change in attitudes towards racial equality in the UK. 

Having spent the last few months in coronavirus lockdown, very few of the attendees at the protests appeared to be concerned about social distancing. 

One demonstrator said the protests were ‘very important because it is sending a clear message that we have had enough racial injustice in our country’.

Isabelle Orsini, 20, is originally from New York, but now lives in Kensington. She said: ‘The US obviously has a much deeper and darker history of black discrimination compared to the UK.

‘The reason people are so angry is because this is reopening wounds that go back hundreds of years.

‘It is very important that we do whatever it takes to tell our government that racism will not be tolerated.’ 

Activists outside Cardiff Castle in Wales held placards which said, ‘The UK is not innocent,’ and in Manchester hundreds flocked to show their solidarity in St. Peter’s Square.  

It comes as the Metropolitan Police gave the green light to its officers taking a knee during the Black Lives Matter protest yesterday, while the rank-and-file union said the gesture ‘shows we are human beings.’ 

Several officers adopted the iconic pose in support of the anti-racism protests in London which were sparked by the death of George Floyd in the US and are now sweeping the world.

It is the first time police in the UK have used the bold stance and those that did outside Downing Street were applauded with whoops and cheers from the crowd.

But some older officers have said that police shouldn’t kneel to protesters and others commentators has suggested that they are doing so  to avoid reprisals from demonstrators. 

One former officer tweeted: ‘I served in the Met Police many years ago. Take a knee, never never ever, I’m ashamed of what they have to do today. In my day it would have been very very different. The Mayor of London and Cressida Dick should resign in total shame.’

The bronze equestrian statue has been at the spot since it was unveiled by Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester on November 10, 1937

US EMBASSY, LONDON, ENGLAND: Demonstrators block the road as they gather outside the US Embassy to protest the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after a police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes during an arrest in Minneapolis, USA

US EMBASSY, LONDON, ENGLAND: A man wearing a protective face mask kneels in front of police officers during a protest against the death in Minneapolis police custody of African-American man George Floyd near the U.S. Embassy

Metropolitan Police officers take a knee at yesterday’s Black Lives Matter protest in London

TRAFALGAR SQUARE, LONDON, ENGLAND: Hundreds of demonstrators were packed into Trafalgar Square on Sunday, chanting ‘I can’t breathe,’ the words Floyd was heard gasping as a white police officer knelt on his neck in Minneapolis

Several officers adopted the iconic pose in support of the anti-racism protests in London

One former Metropolitan Police officer tweeted that he would ‘never never ever’ take a knee

In a statement Scotland Yard said: ‘We know passions are running high and like everyone we were appalled by the images of George Floyd losing his life. 

‘Our officers are part of the communities of London and care deeply about justice and equality. 

‘Taking the knee is a personal decision and should individual officers at their own discretion, where it was safe to do so, and is doesn’t interfere with their operational duties, decide to kneel on one knee with Londoners they are free to do so.’

Ken Marsh, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, said his colleagues kneeling down was a show of empathy and respect over the death of Mr Floyd. 

The officers that took the knee outside Downing Street were applauded yesterday

Mr Marsh also said it was ‘disappointing’ that police forces in the UK were being compared to their counterparts in the U.S following the death of Mr Floyd, who was pinned down by the neck for more than eight minutes by a Minneapolis officer.

He told MailOnline: ‘I think that by those officers taking a knee during the protests yesterday shows that we are human beings.

‘I think it shows that we try to understand what is put in front of us in a very difficult situation.

‘Bear in mind we are in the middle of a pandemic which is still killing hundreds of people every day, you shouldn’t have a crowd of thousands of people in the way that there was yesterday so a lot of empathy was shown in terms of the policing. 

Protesters kneel in front of police during the Black Lives Matter protest in London yesterday

NFl Colin Kaepernick started the ‘take a knee’ movement during his time in the NFL and it has become a symbol of anger and solidarity against racism across the world

‘But the bottom line is we understand. We understand what took place over the water. 

Officer who took the knee outside Downing Street says he did it because ‘my colleagues are not racist’ and it was a ‘nice gesture’ 

A London police officer who took the knee outside Downing Street yesterday revealed he did so to show his colleagues ‘are not racist’.

One of the Met Police officers (pictured) who took a knee during the BLM protest

The officer, who is based in north London, said: ‘I did it because at the end of the day we’re all one.’

Police are generally advised by their senior officers to refrain from any behaviour that might bring their impartiality into question.

But the officer said: ‘I know I’m not racist and I know that my colleagues are not racist, so why not?

‘I came into the job to help people and it was a nice gesture. A few of us decided to do it.’

‘I personally don’t think we are anything like America and I find it disappointing that comparisons are being made with us and the States because we police by consent.

‘And that was clear from the way our officers behaved at the protest yesterday.’

At least 15,000 Black Lives Matter protesters including actor John Boyega and singer Liam Payne gathered in London, ignoring social distancing guidelines, as a show of anger against the death of Mr Floyd 11 days ago.

And at least 2,000 of those demonstrated in front of Downing Street, shouting ‘take a knee’ at Metropolitan Police officers guarding security gates.

Four officers obliged, to the approval of the crowds, who urged other officers to follow the example of their colleagues.

One of those officers explained his actions and said: ‘I did it because at the end of the day we’re all one.’

Police are generally advised by their senior officers to refrain from any behaviour that might bring their impartiality into question.

But the officer, based in North London, said: ‘I know I’m not racist and I know that my colleagues are not racist, so why not?

‘I came into the job to help people and it was a nice gesture. A few of us decided to do it.’

However some Twitter users suggested that police were only taking the knee because they feared reprisals if they did not.

Peter Ashworth, from Gloucestershire, tweeted: ‘Police being attacked and forced to kneel for fear of reprisals. London monuments being defaced. This is not OK.’

Another social media user added: ‘Your officers have disgraced the police force of Britain with your sub-missionary kneel to the general public yesterday.

‘As an ex-serviceman I am appalled at your officers. They should be disciplined for this act.’

Some Twitter users were upset by the act – and suggested that police were only taking the knee because they feared reprisals if they did not

The ‘take a knee’ movement started in the US with NFL star Colin Kaepernick and has become a symbol of anger and solidarity against racism across the world.

In the US, officers recently started taking a knee in support of protesters following days of unrest after Mr Floyd’s killing at the hands of police.

In the run-up to yesterday’s London protest, the Met released a statement empathising with those angered by Mr Floyd’s death. 

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‘Wolverine’ man who chased down protesters in Queens arrested: cops

The man caught on camera chasing down black lives matter demonstrators with a Wolverine-type claw in Queens has been arrested and charged, the NYPD said Thursday. 

Frank Cavalluzzi, 54, was slapped with six counts of reckless endangerment in the first degree, seven counts of menacing with a weapon in the second degree and seven counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree for Tuesday’s incident in Whitestone, police said. 

He was arrested at 9:05 a.m. Thursday after turning himself in to the 109th Precinct in Flushing with his lawyer, police said. 

Cavalluzzi, who police sources called a known troublemaker in the area, was filmed brandishing knives affixed to his hand and threatening black lives matter demonstrators on Tuesday before getting into his car, driving onto the sidewalk and attempting to mow them down, sending them running for their lives. 

Protesters had been in the area hanging up BLM signs and rallying after admitted racist, Anthony Abicca, ripped down a single sign at the location earlier this week and recorded himself using racial and homophobic slurs. 

Cavalluzzi has at least eight prior arrests before he was cuffed Thursday and has been accused of attacking a police officer, punching his female landlord and engaging in multiple, violent road rage disputes, cops said.

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George Floyd Spoke About How Good It Is To Be a Black Man in Minneapolis on the Day He Died

“Little did I know that I was watching my brother, my childhood friend, get killed,” Harris says. “A guy who came up here, because I told him how good it was up here.”

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He will miss his friend’s smile, his kindness and his giving nature.

“If something was to happen to somebody, you’d never think it would happen to him because he was always doing good,” Harris says. “It was in him to help people. Just to know I’ll never talk to my friend again this side of heaven — it hurts.”

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•Campaign Zero ( which works to end police brutality in America through research-proven strategies. works to make government more responsive to racial disparities.

•National Cares Mentoring Movement ( provides social and academic support to help black youth succeed in college and beyond.

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Mob of George Floyd protesters beat up cowardly yob who attacked innocent woman on New York street – The Sun

A SHOCKING video has captured the moment a group of George Floyd protesters beat a man senseless after they saw him attacking an innocent woman in the street.

The mob rushed in to defend the lone victim after she was punched twice in the face outside a pharmacy in Manhattan, New York.

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Confronting cellphone footage shows the vigilante gang repeatedly kicking and punching the thug on the ground – before pummelling him with a weapon.

Police arrived on the scene moments later and went to the man's aid.

Tight-lipped onlookers refused to reveal the identify of his attackers.

The female victim – who was pictured wearing a face mask – was able to stand following the attack and did not appear to be seriously hurt as she gave a statement to officers.

Video of the incident was uploaded to social media yesterday and went viral as people were left shocked by the attack.

The footage captured a man dressed in black stalking the woman on a sidewalk before punching her in the head, as horrified witnesses shout: "Oh."

As she backs away in terror, he punches her in the face and she screams out in pain.

Suddenly, two men appear and knock her attacker to the ground.

A bystander in then seen coming to help lead the victim away to safety.

The attacker is then set upon by a mob of more than half a dozen men.

They viciously kick, punch, and stamp on him while he is on the ground.

One man also appears to hit him with a metal bar.

The group runs as a police siren is heard approaching, leaving the badly beaten man lying in a store doorway.

Some of the vigilantes even check to see if the woman is okay before running.

When officers arrive, they question the female victim and call an ambulance for her attacker.

Viewers on social media praised the protesters for defending the woman, but some thought the violence was excessive.

One said: "And they say chivalry is dead."

Another wrote: "The dude who took the woman away, great job man."

A third added: "I'm not defending the guy attacking the woman, but the crowd overreacted big time. That dude would've understood the point with a lot fewer kicks to the head."

Crowds of protesters standing against the killing of George Floyd have gathered in cities across the US over recent days.

George Floyd died on May 25 after getting arrested for apparently trying to use a fake $20 bill to buy cigarettes.

While in police custody, former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin held his knee on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes — while Floyd repeatedly said he couldn't breathe.

He soon died, and his death was determined on Monday to be a homicide following a second, independent autopsy.

Many cities have been places under strict curfews – some as early as 1pm.

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How this BMI calculator could help you lose weight and slash coronavirus risk – The Sun

EXPERTS have said that people who are obese are two times more likely to die from the coronavirus than those with a lower body mass index (BMI).

A study of over 17 million adult NHS patients found that the risk of a Covid-19 related hospital death increased from between 1.5 and 2 times for people with a BMI of 30.

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This is the lowest level of obesity according to the NHS, but for those with a BMI of 40 or more, the study found that the risk was two times higher.

When Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted to hospital in London with the coronavirus he is reportedly said to have weighed 17 and a half stone, meaning he would have a BMI of around 36.

Those close to Mr Johnson said that he is now determined to lose weight and claimed that he believed his weight was the reason he was hit with Covid-19 so severely.

Obesity is also known to exacerbate other risk factors like diabetes and heart disease as well as putting excess weight on the diaphragm which makes breathing harder too, which is one reason why Covid patients who are obese have suffered disproportionately.

What is BMI and how is it calculated?

Being obese means you have a higher BMI, with a BMI of 40 meaning you are in the morbidly obese category.

BMI has traditionally been used to work out if someone is underweight, normal, overweight or obese.

Unless you do a tonne of exercise or you're naturally super-slim, the chances are that your BMI calculation will give you a ballpark idea of where you sit in terms of being a healthy weight.

BMI is calculated by using your height, weight, age and sex.

But the NHS also says that people who are from the BAME community have a higher risk of developing long term conditions such as type two diabetes. 

The NHS also highlights that measuring your waist is a good way to check you are not carrying too much fat around the stomach.

It claims that regardless of your height and BMI, men should try and lose weight if their waist measures 37 inches or more and if you’re a woman you should try and lose weight if it's 31.5 inches or more.

What’s the alternative?

Scientists at the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University, New Jersey have previously claimed that you need to calculate your abdominal obesity index (ABOI).

Dr Zhiyong Han, who led the study, said that the advantage of ABOI "is in its simplicity and its focus on abdominal fat regardless of the total body weight, body shape and body height".

All you have to do is measure around your belly at the widest point (X) and around your chest (Y). You then divide the volume of your belly segment (X²) by your chest volume (Y²).

So ABOI = X²/Y².

So if you're a man who has a waist size of 39 and a chest of 42, your ABOI would be 1.15. The lower, the better.

The NHS recommends that people who are obese follow a calorie controlled diet and exercise frequently in order to shift the pounds.

But just last month doctors said weight loss surgery could be a “quick fix” to treat the number of Covid-19 deaths.

The British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society (BOMSS) has urged Mr Johnson to back an increase in bariatric operations.

Bariatric surgery can include various procedures and the aim of the surgery is to help the patient lose weight by altering the digestive system.

Some surgeries will make your stomach smaller, restricting your food intake in order to curb the amount you consume.

As type 2 diabetes is a risk factor for the virus, BOMSS has said there is evidence that the treatment can aid weight loss within 12 weeks and reverse type 2 diabetes.

The society has already produced a number of guides to help people stay active, as bariatric surgery is one procedure that has ceased since the Covid-19 outbreak.


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Almost 30,000 Brits have to be retested after coronavirus tests sent to US are voided

ALMOST 30,000 Brits have to be retested for coronavirus after samples sent to the US were voided.

Ministers yesterday admitted 67,000 tests were sent to the lab at the beginning of last month, with disastrous results.

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They were originally sent to the US after a lab in Northern Ireland suddenly stopped processing samples.

Now The Telegraph have revealed more than four in 10 of those returned were “voided” and can no longer be used.

Wasting huge amounts of taxpayer cash, the failure also means nearly 30,000 people could have to be tested again.

Health Minister Lord Bethell said: “We worked hard to get complete tests for people under difficult circumstances.

“In many cases that worked and we are grateful to the team for their efforts. But in some cases it didn’t, and the correct judgement was made to void the tests.

“Everyone affected was offered a new test immediately and we worked quickly to restore full capacity in the UK.”

Samples have to be tested within 72 hours of the test being taken, meaning any delay can makes the test meaningless.

In all 29,500 out of the 67,000 samples were "voided".

When the plan was first drawn up,  Department of Health officials admitted tests were being flown to America in their thousands to ensure they get the results as quickly as possible.

They said that the move was among the "contingencies" to deal with "teething problems" as the UK repeatedly failed to hit the hundred thousand daily testing target.

Now as Department of Health source has insisted that the 29,500 tests were only a fraction of 4.2 million tests that have been carried out in the UK.

A source said: "On rare occasions when problems arise, we have contingencies in place, which include creating extra temporary capacity for our labs or sending swabs abroad for completion."
It comes as Britain's top medic warned it will be “quite some time” before the new Test and Trace system is operating at full capacity.

Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty said the vital new programme to hunt down fresh coronavirus contagion trails “is not yet at cruising altitude”.

The admission came as Boris Johnson was accused of rushing it in so he can start relaxing the nation’s coronavirus lockdown.

The Sun has been told that testing tsar Baroness Harding warned the PM weeks ago that she was only able to deliver a “basic” service in time for June 1, and it would be dangerous for him to claim otherwise.

It could take until the end of this month for council contact tracing teams to be sent into action locally, Dido Harding also told Mr Johnson.

But days later, the PM told the Commons on May 20 that the system will be in place by June 1 and it “will be world-beating”.



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Florida policeman filmed with knee on black man's neck placed on leave

Florida policeman caught on camera with his knee on a black man’s neck is placed on administrative leave by Sarasota police department

  • Officer Martinez was filmed May 18 with his knee on the neck of Patrick Carroll 
  • Police were called to a home after a woman accused Carroll of violence 
  • They tracked down Carroll, who resisted arrest, and was pinned to the ground
  • Carroll, a convicted felon, was eventually arrested unharmed and charged
  • Martinez has been placed on administrative leave; his colleagues on desk duties 

A Florida policeman has been placed on administrative leave after video emerged of him with a knee on a black man’s neck.

Officer Martinez from Sarasota police department was filmed kneeling on Patrick Carroll’s neck during an arrest on May 18 – just days before George Floyd was killed by an officer doing the same.

Genevieve Judge, spokesman for Sarasota police department, confirmed to that Officer Martinez had been put on administrative leave.

She said they were not confirming his first name ‘due to officer safety issues’. 

Helicopter footage from Sarasota authorities shows the moment Patrick Carroll is handcuffed

When Carroll resists getting into the police patrol car he is wrestled to the floor by the officers

Officer Martinez’s knee, circled, is on Carroll’s neck. Officer Wicinski restrains his legs

Sarasota police say they received footage taken by bystanders on Tuesday. 

The footage shows a lengthy stand-off between Carroll, 27, a convicted felon who was wanted as a suspect in domestic violence, and the police.

Police helicopter footage shows two officers, Martinez and Wicinski, speaking to Carroll from 7:40pm, with Carroll gesturing and the officers seeming to reason with him.

At 7:47pm they move to put him in handcuffs. 

As he is walked towards the patrol car, handcuffed, he begins to resist the two officers, squirming and pushing back.

The official police report, written by Martinez, states: ‘After being placed in handcuffs, defendant attempted to pull away from officers and refused to get into the rear of the patrol vehicle.’

At 7:48pm Officer Martinez grabs him by the neck and pushes him to the ground, while Officer Wicinski restrains his legs. 

A minute later Officer Martinez has his knee on Carroll’s neck and a third officer, Stanaland, joins the two other policemen, standing over them and watching Carroll on the ground.

‘Minor force was used to escort subject to the ground and secure him long enough for him to calm down,’ Martinez wrote. 

An unidentified man, who took cellphone video of the arrest, shouts at officers: ‘You got your knee on my man’s neck, man, on his neck, bro.’ 

Another angle of the scene, with Officer Stanaland standing over Officer Martinez

Officer Martinez is seen with his right knee on the neck of Patrick Carroll, wanted for battery

A bystander gestures at Officer Martinez, whose knee is on the neck of 27-year-old Carroll

At 7:50pm, Officer Martinez removes his knee from Carroll’s neck and continues to search him.

At 7:51pm Carroll is helped to his feet and put inside the patrol car.

The officers, in their report, said they found marijuana and .22 caliber rounds in his backpack, meaning he faces charges of illegal possession of ammunition in addition to domestic violence and resisting arrest.  

Bernadette DiPino, chief of Sarasota police, had 48 hours earlier condemned the ‘knee-to-neck maneuver’ used by Minneapolis police on May 25.

‘The men and women of the Sarasota Police Department are not trained to use tactics I’ve seen in the videos in Minneapolis,’ she said. 

‘The actions of the officers in Minneapolis were inexcusable.’ 

Most police departments in the U.S. do not allow neck restraints, said Andrew Scott, an expert witness on the use of force and former police chief of Boca Raton, Florida. 

He told USA Today the use of the tactic was not often allowed. 

The Sarasota police department said the chief was unhappy at Officer Martinez’s use of the maneuver.

‘Chief DiPino was disturbed to see an officer kneeling on the head and neck of an individual in the video,’ SPD said in an emailed statement. 

‘While it appears the officer eventually moves his leg to the individual’s back, this tactic is not taught, used or advocated by our agency.’ 

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Jeffrey Epstein victims compensation fund will go into effect June 15

The compensation fund for Jeffrey Epstein accusers will go into effect later this month after a judge approved the program Wednesday, new court papers show.

The fund was created after over two dozen sexual assault victims filed suit in federal and state courts against the dead pedophile’s estate seeking damages from the $634 million fortune the 66-year-old hedge-funder left behind.

But, the fund was stalled for months in a US Virgin Islands court after the attorney general there sought to ensure that the program had enough protections in place for the women.

USVI Superior Court Magistrate Judge Carolyn Hermon-Percell signed an order approving the fund Wednesday and allowing the estate executors to begin running it beginning June 15.

Jordan Merson, a lawyer representing twelve Epstein accusers, told The Post, “We are pleased that the Compensation Fund can move forward and are hopeful that it provides the awards necessary so that these women are fully compensated for a lifetime of anguish.

“All of the approximate $650 million in the estate should be distributed to the victims.”

The fund will be headed by the former head of the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund Jordana Feldman.

Epstein committed suicide by hanging in a Lower Manhattan jail cell in August as he awaited trial on sex-trafficking charges.

A lawyer for the estate did not immediately return a request for comment.

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