In the months since the death of Staten Island man Eric Garner sparked an intense debate about the use of chokeholds as an acceptable police maneuver, Rory Lancman has been adamant that officers who administer chokeholds should be criminally charged. On Thursday, Lancman, a New York City Councilman ... More >>
A damning report from the city's police misconduct watchdog says the NYPD has a chokehold problem.
Our cover story this week examines the ongoing debate in New York City about the use of chokeholds by the NYPD, through the story of Angel Martinez, a young man from Brooklyn who says he was choked during an arrest in 2012.
As far as Angel Martinez was concerned, the police officer at the front desk that night wasn't much more than an inconvenience. Sure, he'd refused to take Martinez's complaint. He was even a little rude about it. But for Martinez, after a night in Queens central booking, with his face battered and w ... More >>
Shana Spalding, the woman behind the infamous "catwoman burglary" of 2010, will be heading to prison for the next decade. The 29-year-old, who moonlighted as the lead singer of a death metal band called Divine Infamy before her crime spree landed her in jail, raged at prosecutors and reporters after ... More >>
Last year we watched, aghast but slightly intrigued, as a woman in a cat mask, later identified as Shana Spalding, a/k/a, "Purgatory," the singer in a death metal band called Divine Infamy, robbed high-end boutiques with a feline intensity (and a gun). Her wanted poster was the stuff of great ... More >>
New York Sun: Jerry Nadler pushes Congress to ensure tenants' right to have mezuzahs, crucifixes, and presumably pentagrams on their doors and doorways. New York Daily News: Prison guards accused Bronx-born inmate Angel Martinez of attacking their fists with his face and rubs; Martinez studied law ... More >>