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Dec 6, 2018

Officer in Eric Garner Death Case to Face Disciplinary Trial

Officer in Eric Garner Death Case to Face Disciplinary Trial

An NYPD officer accused in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man will face a departmental disciplinary trial next May - nearly five years after the man's pleas of "I can't breathe" became a rallying...

Dec 18, 2014

Judge Recuses Self in Eric Garner Documents Hearing

Judge Recuses Self in Eric Garner Documents Hearing

The state Supreme Court judge who was set to preside over a hearing Friday to decide whether the documents from the Eric Garner grand jury proceedings could be released to the public has recused himself from the...

Dec 5, 2014

223 Arrested on 2nd Day of Garner Protests: NYPD

223 Arrested on 2nd Day of Garner Protests: NYPD

Police say 223 demonstrators were arrested Thursday night as protests of the Staten Island grand jury’s decision not to indict an NYPD officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner stretched into a second night,...

Dec 4, 2014

Grand Jury Decision in Eric Garner Death Imminent: Sources

Grand Jury Decision in Eric Garner Death Imminent: Sources

A New York City grand jury is expected to vote Wednesday on whether there was any criminal wrongdoing in the police chokehold death of Eric Garner, the unarmed man who was killed while being arrested on...

Dec 3, 2014

NYC Grand Jury Nears Decision on Eric Garner Death

NYC Grand Jury Nears Decision on Eric Garner Death

Amid the fallout from a grand jury's decision in the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Missouri, a panel in New York City is quietly nearing its own conclusion about another combustible case...

Dec 3, 2014

Cop Testifies in Grand Jury Hearing on Garner Death

Cop Testifies in Grand Jury Hearing on Garner Death

A grand jury heard testimony Friday from a police officer involved in the chokehold death of an unarmed man, a development signaling that it could be close to deciding whether he should face criminal charges in...

Oct 7, 2014

Eric Garner Family Files Notice for $75M Civil Suit

Eric Garner Family Files Notice for $75M Civil Suit

The family of Eric Garner has filed a notice of claim to sue the city and the NYPD for $75 million, alleging that "negligence, recklessness and carelessness" on the part of police resulted in his chokehold death...

Sep 29, 2014

Grand Jury Begins Hearing Eric Garner Case Evidence

Grand Jury Begins Hearing Eric Garner Case Evidence

A grand jury began hearing evidence Monday to determine whether there will be criminal charges in the chokehold death of an unarmed Staten Island man whose videotaped confrontation with police sparked outrage...

Aug 21, 2014

PBA Blasts Eric Garner Autopsy Report

PBA Blasts Eric Garner Autopsy Report

Mayor de Blasio on Tuesday defended a medical examiner's ruling that a man was killed by neck compressions caused by a police officer's chokehold, while the powerful police union representing rank-and-file...

Aug 21, 2014

Pregnant Mom Alleges NYPD Used Chokehold in BBQ Flap

Pregnant Mom Alleges NYPD Used Chokehold in BBQ Flap

An expectant mom enjoying a front stoop barbecue with her family alleges a cop placed her in a chokehold outside her Brooklyn home when she questioned why he asked her to move the party to the backyard.

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Mets Bullpen Catcher Arrested for DUI

Mets Bullpen Catcher Arrested for DUI

Mets bullpen catcher Eric Langill was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence in Florida after crashing into a fountain at a traffic circle and flipping his car.
Hacker Ringleader Worked from NYC Projects

Hacker Ringleader Worked from NYC Projects

A group of expert hackers that attacked governments and corporations around the globe has been busted after its ringleader — one of the world's most-wanted and most-feared computer vandals — turned against...
EXCLUSIVE: Accused Cop Killer Speaks

EXCLUSIVE: Accused Cop Killer Speaks

News 4's I-Team has obtained a videotape in which Lamont Pride confesses to firing the bullet that struck NYPD Officer Peter Figoski point-blank in the face. His attorney declined to comment.
Accused Cop Killer: It Went Wrong, I'm Sorry

Accused Cop Killer: It Went Wrong, I'm Sorry

Accused cop killer Lamont Pride told detectives the day after the shooting of Officer Peter Figoski that he was sorry for what happened and that he didn't want to kill a cop, according to police documents.
The Accused Killer in His Own Words

The Accused Killer in His Own Words

NBC New York's Jonathan Dienst has exclusively obtained a partial transcript of the confession that police say Levi Aron gave authorities during questioning for allegedly killing an 8-year-old boy.
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Mob Busts
Mob Associate Arrested After Mobster-Turned-Informant Kills Self

Mob Associate Arrested After Mobster-Turned-Informant Kills Self

A mobster-turned-FBI-informant who is believed to have carried out a killing while helping the FBI track Mafiosos from Boston to Philadelphia was found dead in a New Jersey hotel last month.
Vinny Gorgeous Avoids Death Penalty

Vinny Gorgeous Avoids Death Penalty

A well-groomed New York City mobster has avoided getting the death penalty for ordering a gangland hit.
Feds: Mob Recruited Immigrant Strippers

Feds: Mob Recruited Immigrant Strippers

Federal prosecutors say they've broken up a mob-run ring that recruited women from Russia and other Eastern European countries to dance at Long Island and Queens strip clubs.
Four Bonanno Mobsters Busted in NYC: Feds

Four Bonanno Mobsters Busted in NYC: Feds

DEA and FBI agents arrested four members of the Bonanno organized crime family early Friday for alleged crimes that include racketeering, gambling and drug sales. The father of a "Mob Wives" reality show...
FBI Rounds Up 100 Mobsters in Biggest NY Mafia Bust Ever

FBI Rounds Up 100 Mobsters in Biggest NY Mafia Bust Ever

Epic bust marks "largest single day operation" against organized crime.
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