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November 27, 2021

Man Arrested After Attacking WWE Wrestler on Live TV [Video]

The New York Police Department (NYPD) arrested a man after attacking WWE wrestler Seth Rollins during a live event.

Police said that Elisah Spencer, 24, charged at Rollins and tackled him during a live broadcast of WWE’s Monday Night Raw at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Officials said Spencer left his seat and jumped over the security barricade at about 9:20 p.m., running at and tackling Rollins, who is one of the promotion’s biggest stars.

Rollins was walking down the entrance ramp toward the backstage area after a match with wrestler Finn Balor. As Rollins, real name Colby Lopez, reached the top of the ramp, Spencer came charging and roughly tackled him. Videos surfaced on social media showing the attacker and Rollins fighting on the ground before security and WWE personnel separated them.

The altercation was briefly visible on the live broadcast before cameras cut away as it became apparent that it wasn’t a planned segment.

According to the NYPD, Rollins suffered a swollen lip from the attack but refused medical attention.

“WWE takes the safety of its performers very seriously,” WWE said in a statement. “The individual who attacked Seth Rollins has been turned over to the NYPD and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

Spencer was charged with attempted assault and attempted violation of arts and cultural affairs (disrupting a live sporting event).


Fan arrested in New York after attack on WWE wrestler Seth Rollins at Barclays Center

November 25, 2021

Investigation Finds ‘Overwhelming Evidence’ Against Cuomo

A new investigation found “overwhelming evidence” that former Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) sexually harassed women.

“The former governor’s conduct — as shown in this report — is extremely disturbing and is indicative of someone who is not fit for office,” Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Lavine (D) said.

Investigators at Davis Polk & Wardwell, a law firm hired by the Assembly’s Judiciary Committee, compiled the findings, which also showed that he ordered state employees to help produce his book on pandemic leadership during work hours.

Additionally, the probe found that Cuomo’s staff “substantially revised” a state health department report on nursing home COVID-19 deaths to exclude statistics that might have sullied his reputation as a pandemic leader.

The report’s sections on sexual harassment largely echo allegations made in a previous report by the state’s attorney general last summer.

“We conclude that there is overwhelming evidence that the former Governor engaged in sexual harassment,” the report says.

However, new details did emerge around the $5.2 million private deal Cuomo struck to write a book, American Crisis: Leadership Lessons on the Pandemic.

According to the Associated Press, Cuomo had pledged to state ethics officials that the book wouldn’t use any state resources. However, investigators found evidence that the former governor had his staff spend hoards of time on the project.

“One senior state official explained that book-related assignments were given by superiors and expected to be completed, and the work was not voluntary,” the report said. “Another senior state official complained in a text message to a colleague that work on the book was compromising the official’s ability to work on COVID-related matters.”

Junior and senior staff told investigators they were made to work on book-related tasks during their shifts, including transcribing dictations, printing and delivering documents, and attending meetings with agents and publishers.

According to the investigation, one senior official sent and received 1,000 emails regarding the book. The AP reported this individual as Cuomo’s former top aide, Melissa DeRosa.


Probe finds ‘overwhelming evidence’ of misconduct by Cuomo

November 15, 2021

NY Amazon workers withdraw petition to unionize

A group of Amazon workers in New York withdrew its petition to hold a vote to unionize.

The board had been expected to hold a hearing to determine the amount of interest in forming a union at the Staten Island distribution center less than two weeks away from the decision to withdraw.

NLRB spokesperson Kayla Blado declined to elaborate on the reason for the move.

Former Amazon employee Christian Smalls has led the push for unionization in New York City. Smalls said the company fired him just hours after organizing a walkout last year to protest working conditions at the outset of the pandemic.

Amazon spokesperson Kelly Nantel told NPR in a statement that “our focus remains on listening directly to our employees and continuously improving on their behalf.”


Amazon workers in New York withdraw petition to unionize

November 12, 2021

NY Black Lives Matter leader warns mayor-elect of ‘bloodshed’

New York City Mayor-elect Eric Adams met with the city’s Black Lives Matter leader, who warned that there will be “bloodshed” if the city returns to its “old ways of policing.”

“If he thinks that they’re going to go back to the old ways of policing, then we are going to take to the streets again. There will be riots, there will be fire, and there will be bloodshed because we believe in defending our people,” said Hawk Newsome, the head of Black Lives Matter of Greater New York.

The pair met on Wednesday behind closed doors at the Borough Hall in Brooklyn to discuss policing. According to the New York Daily News, the tense meeting escalated into a shouting match.

Newsome particularly took issue with the possibility of the city reinstating its anti-crime unit, which he compared to the Nazi Gestapo.

“We will shut down City Hall, and we will give him hell and make it a nightmare,” Chivona Newsome, a co-founder of the group and Hawk’s sister, told the New York Daily News.

Adams, who is black, was a police officer for 22 years.


New York BLM leader warns Eric Adams of ‘bloodshed,’ ‘riots’ if city brings back tougher policing

November 9, 2021

Prosecutor in Cuomo’s groping case asks for more time to review

Albany Country District Attorney David Soares requested more time from a judge to evaluate the evidence as he investigates accusations that former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) groped a woman. Soares said the criminal complaint recently filed by a local sheriff was “potentially defective.”

Soares said the complaint, accusing Cuomo of forcible touching by putting his hand under a woman’s shirt on Dec. 7, caught him off guard. He wrote a letter to Judge Holly Trexler, saying that his office had been investigating the matter for months.

“We were in the middle of that investigation when the Sheriff unilaterally and inexplicably filed a complaint in this court,” Soares wrote. “Unfortunately, the filings in this matter are potentially defective in that the police-officer-complainant failed to include a sworn statement by the victim such that the People could proceed with a prosecution on these papers.”

Additionally, Soares said, the sheriff’s complaint only included part of the woman’s testimony, excluding sections that could be ” exculpatory,” or potentially helpful to the defense.

The judge granted a delay until Jan. 7, 2022.

Cuomo has repeatedly denied any inappropriate conduct.


Prosecutor in Andrew Cuomo’s groping case seeks more time

October 31, 2021

NY sheriff stands by decision to file criminal complaint against Cuomo

New York Sheriff Craig Apple stood by his decision to file a criminal complaint against disgraced former Gov. Andrew Cuomo for groping a woman last year without consulting prosecutors or the accuser.

“I feel very confident that the district attorney is going to prosecute this,” Apple said at a news conference in Albany.

Cuomo is bound by a court summons to appear for an arraignment on November 17, though that date could change.

According to Undersheriff William Rice, once Cuomo arrives for his arraignment, he will go through the booking process at the sheriff’s headquarters, including being photographed, fingerprinted, and likely handcuffed during a transport to court. The former governor will not likely spend any time in a holding cell, Rice said.

The complaint accuses Cuomo of forcible touching by putting his hand under a woman’s shirt on December 7. Though the one-page document didn’t name the woman, she identified herself as Brittany Commisso, one of Cuomo’s former executive assistants.


Sheriff defends filing of criminal complaint against Cuomo

October 16, 2021

Real estate heir Robert Durst sentenced to life in prison without parole

New York real estate heir and documentary subject Robert Durst received a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of his former best friend Susan Berman in 2000.

Durst was found guilty of first-degree murder in September. Prosecutors alleged that Durst killed Berman because she planned to go to the police about a phony alibi she provided for him when his wife Kathie Durst disappeared.

“It’s a rare occasion for a judge to hear such an extraordinary case, extraordinary presentation by counsel,” said Superior Court Judge Mark Windham. “You, each in your own way, impressed me with phenomenal, unbelievably wonderful work.”

The case against Durst, 78, was the subject of the 2015 HBO docuseries “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst.”

During the series’ production, a live microphone caught Durst speaking to himself in the bathroom after being confronted with a damning piece of evidence.

“What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course,” Durst said in the footage.

Durst’s lawyers said they plan to appeal the sentence.


Robert Durst sentenced to life in prison for murdering Susan Berman

October 6, 2021

FBI raids New York police union led by chief who leaked arrests of de Blasio’s daughter

Federal agents raided the offices of a New York City police union, the Sergeants Benevolent Association (SBA), and the home of its leader, who previously leaked the arrest records of mayor Bill de Blasio’s daughter.

Sergeant Ed Mullins, the union’s president, is currently clashing with the New York Police Department for releasing the arrest records of Chiara de Blasio following her arrest during the George Floyd protests in June 2020. Mullins also came under fire last year for publicly insulting the city’s former health commissioner on Twitter.

“I think he’s been a divisive voice,” de Blasio said of Mullins. “But that doesn’t cause me to feel anything in this situation because I don’t know what’s happening. All I hear is an FBI raid. I don’t know the specifics, I don’t know who it’s directed at. I want to really hear the details before I comment further.”

Mullins is an outspoken critic of the NYC mayor.

“Mayor DeBlasio, the members of the NYPD are declaring war on you,” the SBA wrote on Twitter in February. “We do not respect you.”


FBI raids office of NYC police union whose head clashed with Mayor De Blasio

September 20, 2021

Handcuffed Rikers inmate steals bus full of prisoners, promptly crashes

Rikers Island sources confirm that a handcuffed inmate of Rikers Island stole a bus full of prisoners and crashed it into a wall.

29-year-old Abubakar Sanuwo was one of at least six prisoners left alone on the bus when he jumped into the driver’s seat and drove into a wall at the Anna M. Kross Center.

Two correction officers reportedly left the bus running when they exited to retrieve paperwork.

Sources familiar with the situation say staffing concerns at the prison led to an uptick in inmate violence, fatal overdoses, and prisoners sharing TikTok videos of parties in their cells.

One source told the Post the bus theft was a general “f—k up.”


Handcuffed Rikers inmate steals bus full of prisoners, crashes it in latest disturbing incident

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