A new report says nearly 150 New York City police officers committed misconduct, including using excessive force, while responding to the 2020 protests over the killing of George Floyd. The report released Monday by the city's Civilian Complaint Review Board also says many officers disciplined by the police department received punishment that was less than the panel recommended, and some were not disciplined at all. The board says more than 600 complaints could not be investigated because officers could not be identified. The NYPD objected to many of the report's conclusions and said it omitted the fact that officers were responding to dangerous situations while protecting the city.
New York City is ending its COVID-19 vaccination mandate for municipal employees including police officers, firefighters and teachers. Mayor Eric Adams says the vaccine mandate will end Friday. Adams said Monday that with more than 96% of city employees and more than 80% of city residents having received their initial vaccine shots, this is the right moment for this decision. The vaccination mandate for city employees was one of the last pandemic measures still in place in New York City. The city ended its vaccine requirement for employees of private businesses last November.
A man charged with attacking police with a machete near New York's Times Square on New Year's Eve has been transferred to U.S. custody and made his initial court appearance. Trevor Thomas Bickford, handcuffed and shackled at the ankles, shuffled into a Manhattan federal courtroom Monday for an initial appearance. Charges in a federal complaint allege he tried to murder officers and employees of the U.S. government. In a soft voice, he answered routine questions from a U.S. magistrate judge before he was returned to a federal jail. His court-appointed lawyer did not seek bail.
Months after being stabbed repeatedly as he prepared to deliver a lecture, Salman Rushdie is blind in his right eye, struggles to write and at times has “frightening” nightmares. But, he said during his first interview since the stabbing, he still has a feeling of gratitude. “Well, you know, I’ve been better,” he told The New Yorker’s David Remnick. “But, considering what happened, I’m not so bad.” The interview appeared on the eve of the publication of his new book, “Victory City," which he completed before the attack. He called his attacker an “idiot” but otherwise said he held no anger.
Police say an 82-year-old woman was pronounced dead at a New York nursing home but found to be breathing three hours later at the funeral home where she had been taken. The woman was pronounced dead Saturday morning at Water's Edge Rehab and Nursing Center at Port Jefferson on Long Island. No update on her condition was available Monday. The matter was referred to the state attorney general’s office for investigation. A person who answered the phone at the nursing home Monday hung up. Officials at the funeral home say they cannot comment out of respect for the families they serve.
A small earthquake in western New York has jolted people awake but apparently caused no significant damage. The U.S. Geological Survey preliminarily reported a magnitude 3.8 earthquake centered east of Buffalo at about 6:15 a.m. Monday. A seismologist says it matched the intensity of the strongest earthquake the region has seen in 40 years of available records. That's a quake that was recorded in 1999. The shaking lasted only a few seconds but sent residents unaccustomed to earthquakes to social media in search of an explanation. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz tweeted that the quake was felt in at least a 30-mile radius.
Charles Kimbrough, a Tony- and Emmy-nominated actor who played a straight-laced news anchor opposite Candice Bergen on “Murphy Brown,” has died. He was 86. The New York Times first reported his death and his son confirmed it Sunday to The Associated Press. He died Jan. 11 in Culver City, California. Kimbrough played newsman Jim Dial across the 10 seasons of CBS hit sitcom “Murphy Brown” between 1988 and 1998, earning an Emmy nomination in 1990 for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series. He reprised the role for three episodes in the 2018 reboot. He was born May 23, 1936.
Temperatures in many areas of the Northeast U.S. are climbing into the mid-40s Fahrenheit, a day after the region suffered through temperatures that plummeted into the negative teens. In some places Saturday it felt like minus 45 to minus 50 degrees with the wind chill. Atop Mount Washington in New Hampshire, the temperature rose to a relatively balmy 18 degrees on Sunday after nosediving to minus 47 a day earlier. The wind chill there was measured in excess of minus 108 degrees. There was some collateral damage from the extreme cold, including at a Boston hospital that closed its emergency department when a pipe froze and burst.
A former NFL player was arrested on a misdemeanor driving under the influence charge after troopers say his vehicle rear-ended a pick-up truck that was on the side of a South Florida highway because of a flat tire. The accident injured the truck’s driver who had been standing outside. The Florida Highway Patrol says Vontae Davis smelled of alcohol, had slurred speech and bloodshot eyes and could barely stay awake while being interviewed by a trooper after the accident early Saturday on the Florida Turnpike. The collision sent the truck spinning into a concrete barrier.
A manhunt is underway for a gunman who critically wounded an off-duty New York Police Department officer. Police on Sunday were looking for the man who announced a robbery Saturday night when the officer showed up at a Brooklyn street address to buy a car. Authorities say an exchange of gunfire at the scene left the officer critically injured in a nearby hospital. They say the deal to transfer ownership of a car had been made over a social media platform. The officer, who was not identified, arrived at the scene with a relative.