A former “Sopranos” actor convicted of attempted burglary for his role in the killing of an off-duty New York City police officer has been released on parole.
The unions representing more than 29,000 of the NYPD’s 35,000 members filed papers Thursday with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
A federal appeals court block of a judge’s ruling that found the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy discriminated against minorities may be short lived, depending on the outcome of next week’s mayoral election.
The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association filed motions Thursday in Manhattan federal court on behalf of four police unions, and the Sergeant’s Benevolent Association filed separately.
Reaction is pouring in to a judge’s ruling Monday that found the NYPD deliberately violated the civil rights of tens of thousands of New Yorkers with its stop-and-frisk policy.
PBA President Patrick Lynch said if the bills become law, the PBA intends to target the “pro-crime council members for defeat in the upcoming election.”
Early Thursday morning, the City Council voted to create an inspector general to review and monitor the NYPD and expand the definition of racial profiling to include age, gender, sexual orientation and immigrant status.
On Wednesday, a judge found that prosecutors gave flawed instructions to a grand jury that indicted Officer Richard Haste. He pleaded not guilty to manslaughter charges last year in connection with the death of 18-year-old Ramarley Graham.
The New York City Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association does not want speed cameras set up in the city.
Lamont Pride ambushed Officer Peter Figoski and shot him point-blank in the head on Dec. 12, 2011, while Figoski and his partner were responding to a burglary call in Brooklyn, prosecutors said.
PBA President Patrick Lynch said 56 police officers have died and 297 others have been diagnosed with cancer.
Citing continued budget problems, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has delayed a class of 540 police cadets that was due to start this month.
Future city police and firefighters could not boost their pensions by working overtime in their last years on the job under cuts proposed by the Bloomberg administration.
For the past 10 years, the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association’s Santa Claus has been bringing holiday cheer and gifts to the children of police officers who were killed in the line of duty. Now, the man who portrays St. Nick is in need of a Christmas miracle.