Prosecutor seeks consideration of charges against NYPD officer in chokehold death

August 19
NEW YORK
Charges possiblein chokehold death

A New York prosecutor announced Tuesday that he would ask a grand jury to consider charges in the death of a black man placed in an apparent chokehold by a white police officer.

Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan said an extra grand jury was being assembled next month specifically to hear evidence in the July 17 death of Eric Garner.

Garner’s death fueled an outcry and several peaceful protests against the nation’s largest police department and led Commissioner William Bratton to overhaul its training in the use of force.

The 43-year-old father of six could be heard on an amateur video shouting, “I can’t breathe!” as Officer Daniel Pantaleo placed him in an apparent chokehold. Police said the officers were arresting Garner on suspicion of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes. Garner, who had asthma, later died.

— Associated Press

OHIO
Water intake valves shut after fuel spill

An estimated 5,000 to 8,000 gallons of fuel oil spilled into the Ohio River, leading authorities to shut off water intake valves for both the Ohio and Kentucky sides of the waterway to protect water supplies, and a 15-mile section of the river was closed to allow cleanup.

The spill from a Duke Energy power plant in New Richmond, about 20 miles southeast of Cincinnati, happened around 11:15 p.m. Monday, said Duke spokeswoman Sally Thelen.

— Associated Press

CALIFORNIA
Tip leads to arrest in school shooting plot

Investigators acting on a tip unraveled a plot to carry out a mass shooting at a suburban Los Angeles high school, arresting a pair of students who planned to target three school staffers and kill as many people as possible, police said Tuesday.

School officials learned of the plot on Thursday and notified detectives, who began watching the 16- and 17-year-old boys and monitoring their online activity, South Pasadena police said.

The pair didn’t have a date for an attack or weapons, police said.

— Associated Press

Man settles with New York over wrongful conviction: A man who was incarcerated for 16 years for a murder he did not commit has settled a lawsuit against New York City for $10 million. Jabbar Collins, 42, was sentenced in 1995 to 34 years to life in prison for the murder of Rabbi Abraham Pollack in Brooklyn. He was freed in 2010 after a judge found compelling evidence that Brooklyn prosecutors relied on false testimony and threatened a witness to secure Collins’s conviction.

— Reuters

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