New York Poised To Lift Veil On Police Disciplinary Files

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Cutout Photo: Elvert Barnes / CC BY-SA 2.0ALBANY – A decades-old law that kept law enforcement officers’ disciplinary records secret in New York appeared to be headed for an overhaul this week as state lawmakers moved to act on a number of police accountability measures prompted by street demonstrations over the death of George Floyd.The state law, known by its section title, 50-a, was passed in the 1970s to prevent criminal defense attorneys from subjecting officers to cross-examinations about irrelevant information in their personnel file. The law applies to jail guards and firefighters, as well.But over the years, the law also draped a veil over most records of alleged police misconduct. Formal complaints about excessive force by officers are not public in New York. In recent years, police departments have cited the law in refusing to say even whether officers have been punished.The Democrat-led Legislature planned to pass a repeal this week and Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday he intends to sign it, noting that such records are already available for other government employees, such as teachers and toll takers. “Their records will be available,” Cuomo said. “It is just parity and equality with every other public employee.”The leaders of a coalition of police unions argued in a statement Monday that releasing such records, including complaints, could leave officers facing “unavoidable and irreparable harm to reputation and livelihood.”The legislation would provide officers with some privacy protections, including redaction of home addresses, personal phone numbers and email addresses.The legislation was among a package of police accountability bills that began to move through the legislature Monday, and some of which were passed. The state Senate and Assembly passed legislation that bans police chokeholds, guarantees the right to record police activity and collects more data on deaths in custody.Another bill that makes it easier to file civil lawsuits against people who call 911 and falsely accuse someone of criminal activity based only on their race or background also passed.A vote on opening police disciplinary records could come as soon as Tuesday.Meanwhile, the protests that sparked the reform push continued around New York City on Monday, and organizers urged people to stay in the streets.Protest organizer Carlos Polanco was cheered by hundreds at Washington Square Park as he asked for further change, including diverting funding from the city’s police department to the school system, social workers and programs that prioritize rehabilitation over punishment.“This is the closest we’ve ever been” to lasting reforms, he said, but added “we don’t want crumbs. We want all of it.”Later in the day, Polanco urged a crowd gathered at Gracie Mansion to call their senators and demand that the state’s police records law be repealed Tuesday.Civil liberty and criminal justice reform groups have long pushed for a repeal of the law, but that effort got new momentum amid huge protests over Floyd’s death and images of violent confrontations between officers and demonstrators.Only New York and Delaware have state laws that provide law enforcement “with special carve outs from records disclosure,” according to a statement from advocacy groups including Common Cause New York and the New York Public Interest Research Group.“What’s become increasingly clear over the past few days is how much a lack of transparent accountability measures leads to police acting with impunity in our communities,” said Michael Sisitzky, lead policy counsel for the New York Civil Liberties Union.“We’ve seen police officers drive cars into crowds of protesters and pull down a person’s face mask in order to pepper spray them,” Sisitzky said. “We’ve seen lawmakers arrested and pepper-sprayed while attempting to mediate.”Critics of the repeal include Republican Sen. Patrick Gallivan — a former sheriff in Erie County, home to the state’s second largest city, Buffalo — who noted the overwhelming number of complaints against officers are deemed unfounded.“I think people are calling for a reform that doesn’t get at any of the problems that we face as a society,” Gallivan said in an interview.The law gained widespread attention in 2016, when New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio argued it prevented the release of disciplinary records of the police officer involved in the chokehold death of Eric Garner.Garner’s death — after he refused to be handcuffed for allegedly selling loose, untaxed cigarettes — came at a time of a growing public outcry over police killings of unarmed black men that gave impetus to the national Black Lives Matter movement.Garner’s mother, Gwen Carr, last year urged Cuomo and New York state lawmakers to repeal a law that she has said “is harming me and my family.”last_img read more


first_imgCrossing the Land bridge FROM IRELAND By Tim Hedgley, DD Travel EditorLiving on an Island means that to get to mainland Europe with a car, we have to take a boat. As the Ireland – England tunnel has not yet been started, although it has been suggested, as has a bridge to Scotland, but for the present we are have to use sea travel for the foreseeable future.I have done the Belfast to Stranraer, Hull to Zeebrugge and the Cork to Roscoff routes, but I have never done the Dover – Calais route. At the end of August I decided I would try a different tack so to speak, and tackle the route to Europe via Dublin, Holyhead and Dover with a new Ferry company who are just on the market. Stena line Super ServiceMy first step on board was with Stena line from Dublin, ( I got the 08-30 sailing from Dublin over to Holyhead, I took the conventional ferry, which takes about 3 .15 min. I paid the extra €30 to access the Stena Plus Lounge where I was able to sit back and truly relax. The lounge is included as part of Stena’s premium fare, along with express boarding and disembarkation, but I just decided to upgrade when I was on board.ComfortThe Stena Plus lounge offers a range of comfortable seating including leather sofas, and a choice of cosy chairs, so you can find the area which is just right, whether you want to relax and enjoy the great sea views, catch up on the latest news or check–in on your e–mails with your laptop using Stena’s free Wi–Fi. Also included in your 15-euro cost, are:Use of the Stena Plus lounge with its comfortable seatingA choice of complimentary refreshments, including premium coffee and teas, soft drinks, wines and tasty snacksAn extensive choice of complimentary daily newspapers and magazinesPower points for laptops and game consoles Touchscreen PC’s *Complimentary use of Apple i-Pads **Dedicated waiter service with an exclusive menuSatellite plasma TVs Dedicated family zone with Playstation 3 **Free Wi-FiDedicated Stena Plus restroomsTo help maintain the relaxed ambience in Stena Plus, children and infants less than 8 years old are not permitted. There is little doubt that Stena Plus is an extremely enjoyable way to add that little extra to your crossing. Stena Line, as the world’s leading ferry company and biggest ferry operator in Europe, offers the largest fleet as well as the widest selection of routes and destinations to choose from (with the exception of France) and travelling with them is always a great experience. If its good enough for Dom Jolly its good enough for usWith great value fares and a fast, comfortable ferry travel service to Britain, you can sit back, relax and enjoy a stress-free trip with excellent service on board their ultra-modern fleet. Why not take the car and enjoy the freedom and flexibility of going where you want at your own pace? What’s more, with no baggage restrictions, you can take everything you need at no extra cost! Stena Line also offers a range of great value hotel breaks, self-catering and land bridge holidays to Europe check out. I had disembarked and having done the M6 motorway over “Shap” from Scotland before, I found the view across Anglesey was far more enjoyable. You hug the Welsh coast for about 79 miles and then turn right for London and the southeast. Approx. 6 hours of relatively easy driving gets you to Dover. To be fair it’s not too bad a run.The rest on board the Stena boat does break up the journey if you are coming from the “North”.One thing you will have to watch however is the plethora of speed cameras over the motorways on the route down through England, as it seems the local authories and the police over there are hell bent on adding another £200 to the cost of your trip down to Dover.So be careful, you have been warned.MY FERRY LINKOnce in Dover I was travelling across to Calais with a company called “MY FERRY LINK”. I have to confess I had never heard of them before. The reason being that MyFerryLink ( is the newest ferry operator on the popular Dover to Calais route and they began their operations on the English Channel in August 2012.LOW FARESWith fares as low as £19 for a passenger and a car you can imagine they have had a very good season. Their fleet consists of two modern superferries – sister ships the Rodin and the Berlioz – which carry passengers and freight, and one dedicated freight ship, Nord Pas-de-Calais. MyFerryLink offers passengers up to 16 sailings between Dover and Calais every day, and additional services for freight. Both the Rodin and the Berlioz are spacious and well-equipped ferries that offer customers a relaxed and enjoyable journey across the Channel. On board you will find great places to eat, bars for a relaxing drink and snack, and a well-stocked shop for picking up a bargain or two.SUPERB STAFFThe staff on board the ferry fleet are all members of a workers’ co-operative – a société coopérative et participative, or SCOP, in French – which operates the company’s sailings between Britain and France.Because the crew have a stake in the business, they have all the more reason to go the extra mile for their customers. With a range of fantastic ferry offers; MyFerryLink’s Dover-Calais ferry service is the ideal way to cross the channel. Whether it’s the cheapest prices on ferries to France or an armful of bargains on wines, perfumes, and more that you’re looking for, MyFerryLink has many amazing offers that will save you money.IN A RUSH?If you’re in a hurry you can of course upgrade to their Rapide – priority service ticket that means you’re first on and off the ferry, nice if you want to catch the wine supermarkets. Talking of somewhere to buy that all-important wine, I have a great place for you to visit if you are in Calais.The Calais Wine Superstore, Rue Marcel Doret, Calais +33 3 21 19 00 19is a 100% British owned and run independent business whose owners have been in the Cross Channel trade since it began in 1993! They stock a huge range of wines and beers at UK duty – free prices.TRAVEL: CROSSING THE LANDBRIDGE FROM IRELAND was last modified: October 7th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BelfastCalaisHolyheadIreland to FranceMyferrylinkStenaStenaLineStranraerTravellast_img read more

Good News For Huawei Microsoft Intel Promise Laptop Support

first_imgHuawei laptop owners can breathe a sigh of relief — for now, at least.Both Microsoft and Intel have promised to continue to support Huawei laptops with software updates so customers can keep their laptops protected from potential security vulnerabilities. MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 This glimmer of good news follows weeks of setbacks for Huawei that have resulted in the delay (and possible cancellation) of new MateBook products. Microsoft and Intel’s backing couldn’t come at a better time as uncertainty about the Chinese tech giant’s future in the U.S. continues to mount. There was a growing concern that Huawei laptops would stop receiving critical Windows updates after the company was blacklisted by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Microsoft remained quiet on the issue for several weeks and even temporarily dropped Huawei devices from its online store.  MORE: What Happens to Huawei MateBook Laptops After US Ban?Now Microsoft is reassuring Huawei laptop owners that they won’t be abandoned and that their Windows 10 devices will receive the same security updates and new features as competing laptops. “We remain committed to providing exceptional customer experiences,” Microsoft told PCWorld, “Our initial evaluation of the US Department of Commerce’s decision on Huawei has indicated we may continue to offer Microsoft software updates to customers with Huawei devices.”Similarly, Intel confirmed to PCWorld that it would provide security and driver updates to end users who use Intel-powered Huawei laptops. We had previously reported that Huawei laptops were back in stock at the Microsoft store, but cautioned against buying them because of the risk of Microsoft halting support. Now that Microsoft and Intel have confirmed their continued support, we feel better about recommending them, especially since Huawei laptops (like the MateBook X Pro) are some of the best around. However, you still might want to hold off as things can quickly change in this rapidly evolving political landscape. Best Huawei Laptop: Which MateBook Is Right For You? Author Bio Phillip Tracy is a senior writer at Tom’s Guide and Laptop Mag, where he reviews laptops and covers the latest industry news. After graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin, Phillip became a tech reporter at the Daily Dot. There, he wrote reviews for a range of gadgets and covered everything from social media trends to cybersecurity. Prior to that, he wrote for RCR Wireless News and NewBay Media. When he’s not tinkering with devices, you can find Phillip playing video games, reading, listening to indie music or watching soccer. Phillip Tracy, center_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoCNN International for ANAWhy Tennis Pundits Are Tipping This WomanCNN International for ANAUndoMayo ClinicManaging psoriatic arthritis painMayo ClinicUndoForbes.comLebron’s Home Made This Forbes ListForbes.comUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoAdvertisement Phillip Tracy,last_img read more