The Apple Frenzy                          

Customers wait in line during the sales launch for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus at the Apple Inc. store in New York and Palo Alto, California, U.S., on Sept. 19, 2014.     

Apple Inc.’s stores attracted long lines of shoppers for the debut of the latest iPhones, indicating healthy demand for the bigger-screen smartphones.

The devices went on sale today in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, France, Germany, the U.K. and the U.S. Shoppers in New York and San Francisco had already formed lines in the past two days to be among the first to buy the gadgets.

At Apple’s store on Fifth Avenue in New York, police officers put up barricades as the line stretched more than 10 blocks and the crowd cheered continuously for the 15 minutes before the phones officially went on sale. 

Photographers: Victor J. Blue and David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

© 2014 Bloomberg Finance LP

By Josmar Trujillo

It was policing activists and members of the public that left the highly-anticipated hearing with no answers and hours wasted on phony solutions. This was in addition to the news that Bratton wants 1,000 new cops, which (coupled with trainings and re-trainings) would cost the taxpayer somewhere around $30 million. “I think we had a good morning” a smiling Bratton said as he walked out of the council chambers.

Members of the public who stayed around for the public testimony at the end of the hearing spoke to a room that mostly cleared out after Bratton, his entourage, the media and all but one or two city councilmembers left the room after the commissioner’s Q&A. The words of everyday people echoed through the almost empty council chambers. Asked his reaction to Bratton’s testimony, one man replied “Standard operating procedure… we’ve been bamboozled.”


NYPD beat up and arrest teenage girl and her brother in Times Square for no reason.



Ryo Oyamada, a 24 year old student from Japan, was struck and killed by an NYPD vehicle in a hit & run.  Witnesses say the police car had no lights or sirens on and was going over 70 mph.  The released footage by NYPD was proven to be heavily altered in a cover-up, showing “lights” on the vehicle, when compared to footage from the NY Housing Authority on the same street with the same timestamp. 

On a personal note: I know that this will probably not be shared or reblogged very much, because Asians are not very prominent in American culture.  I understand this, because Asians (like me) are partially at fault for being so passive.  But I am begging you to please consider signing this petition out of human decency.  Ryo was just a student walking home, then struck by a nearly silent police cruiser going at excess speed, and the NYPD covered it up. 

Here is the side-by-side comparison of the released video footage, including updates from the case.  *Edit*  This article contains a link to a graphic video moments after the crash, showing the body of Ryo Oyamada and NY citizens yelling at the police.  Please advise, it is highly disturbing. 

And the following is an excerpt from the petition, which as of now only has 286 signatures.

On February 21st, 2013, Ryo Oyamada was struck and killed by a police cruiser while crossing the street.  NYPD claimed that the cruiser’s lights and sirens were on before the collision, but multiple eyewitnesses stated otherwise, that the lights and sirens were only turned on afterwards, and that the cruiser was speeding in excess of 70 mph down a residential street.  None of these eyewitnesses were interviewed for the police report.  

TW: Police brutality - NYPD goes into wrong apartment, drags naked grandmother out of her home, pepper spray 4-year-old & arrest 12-year-old
August 2, 2014

A Brooklyn grandmother who had just taken a shower was dragged from her apartment by about 12 cops who then stood by for more than two minutes while she was naked in the hallway, according to video that emerged Friday.

Denise Stewart was in her Brownsville apartment on July 13 when police — responding to a domestic disturbance call at the building — pounded on her door at 11:45 p.m. and demanded entry.

Stewart, 48, cracked the door wearing only a towel wrapped around her body and underpants — and was yanked into the hallway by cops over the screams of her family and neighbors.

The video shows a chaotic scene as a dozen or so male officers burst into Stewart’s apartment, while several others struggle to subdue and cuff the nearly naked woman in the hallway outside.

Stewart’s towel got lost in the scuffle, leaving the grandmother dressed only in underpants.

“Oxygen, get my oxygen,” the mother of four can be heard saying to the cops, as they propped her bare body against the wall.

A cop shouts, “OK, OK,” and darts out of the screen.

Neighbors videotaping from the stairwell started shouting as Stewart, who has severe asthma, fainted and fell to the floor.

“Yo, her mother got asthma …y’all wicked, y’all f——— wicked,” shouted one woman.

“Her asthma! Her asthma! Her asthma,” screamed another woman. For approximately two minutes and 20 seconds, Stewart was bare-breasted in the hallway as additional police officers tramped up the stairs and through the hallway, glancing at her as they passed by. When cops hauled Stewart’s two sons and two daughters out of the apartment and cuffed them, a female cop finally draped a white towel over Stewart’s exposed torso.

Reached at her home Friday, Stewart told the Daily News she was traumatized. “It’s disgusting and embarrassing. I’ve been married 16 years. It took my husband 10 years to see my nakedness,” she said. “I didn’t do nothing wrong,” she said, crying as she recounted the ordeal.

The NYPD said they’d gotten a 911 call to the Kings Highway address but didn’t have an apartment number. They heard shouts coming from Stewart’s apartment. When they knocked, she told them they had the wrong place and tried to shut the door, police said.

Stewart’s 12-year-old daughter had “visible injuries” to her face, cops said. She told officers her mother and older sister beat her with a belt, police said. Family members tried to prevent them from arresting Stewart, who bit an officer’s finger during the struggle, police said.

Stewart’s lawyer, Amy Rameau, said she was told by a Legal Aid attorney also assigned to the case that the 911 call came from a different apartment on an upper floor — and cops went to Stewart’s door by mistake.

Cops removed the 12-year-old from the apartment and say she refused to get into the police car and kicked the door. A police spokesman said the child kicked out one of the police van’s windows, with the broken glass cutting the chin of one of the cops. The cops were treated at local hospitals and released.

Denise Stewart was charged with assaulting a police officer, and — along with her oldest daughter, Diamond Stewart, 20, — resisting arrest, acting in a manner injurious to a child and criminal possession of a weapon.

Stewart’s son Kirkland Stewart, 24, was charged with resisting arrest. The 12-year-old was charged with assaulting a police officer, criminal mischief and criminal possession of a weapon.

Diamond Stewart’s 4-year-old son was also pepper sprayed, the family said.

“They manhandled (Stewart) and behaved in a deplorable manner,” Rameau said. “She feels completely mortified. This is about human dignity.”

The city’s Administration for Children’s Services was called to investigate but didn’t find any evidence of neglect, said Rameau.

“There were no injuries to the child as alleged in the complaint,” the lawyer said.

A police spokesman said the incident is under investigation by Internal Affairs.


Staten Island, NYC: We Demand Justice for Eric Garner!

Sunday, July 20 - 5pm

204 Bay Street, Staten Island, NY 10301

Rally/Speak Out: Come out and stand in solidarity with the Garner family, friends and community to continue to create a voice that is loud and precise that it could not be ignored. 

On July 17, 2014 Eric Garner was approach by plain clothes officers from the 120th precinct. In the video that was taken by Ramzey you could see that Eric Garner was upset because he was targeted by these plain clothes officers before. He begs the officers to leave him alone and one of the officers waited for the opportunity to sneak behind Gardner and jumped up and place Garner in an illegal chokehold and Gardner slowly fell down to the grown while the officer still had the chokehold on him, then the same officer released Garner and put his knee on Gardner neck while he was screaming that he could not breath. Police continue to stay on top of Garner until he became motionless and died.

Eric Garner was murdered by Daniel Pantaleo, a plain clothes officer that put Gardner in an illegal chokehold. 

Police Patrol Guide: 203-11 states, “Members of the NYC Police Department will NOT use chokeholds”.

Brothers/Sisters in that community are tired of the abuse and they are tired of the police brutality they are facing in a daily basis. 

On Dec. 22, 1994 Anthony Baez was put in a chokehold by NYPD officer Francis Livoti from the 46 precinct and it ended with the death of Anthony Baez. Bill Bratton was the NYPD commissioner and when he was confronted by the Baez family in a town hall meeting, Bratton called the Baez family a bunch of fools. 

July 17, 2014 Eric Garner is put in an illegal chokehold by NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo from the 120 Precinct and it ended with the death of Eric Garner. Bill Bratton is the NYPD commissioner and he said that people should not jump to conclusion until all the facts are out. 


NYPD cops beat man during solidarity protest for Michael Brown in East Village; video
August 21, 2014

NYPD cops beat a man Wednesday night during a solidarity protest for Michael Brown, a video shows, although the circumstances surrounding the attack remained unclear early Thursday.

The 45-second video begins after police officers and the man have started arguing in the middle of a dark street in the East Village. It was not apparent what prompted officers to react so forcefully.

When asked for a comment on the video, police said the man was taken into custody on E. 10th St. near Ave. D, issued a C-summons for disorderly conduct and then released. They described his actions before the violent encounter as “tumultuous behavior.”

Demonstrators marched through the Lower East Side and in Union Square over the death of Brown, the unarmed black teen gunned down by a white cop in Ferguson, Mo., on Aug. 9. Brown’s killing followed the July 17 death of Eric Garner, 43, who was put in a chokehold by cops in Staten Island.

The Wednesday night video, taken from a BlackBerry and posted on Facebook, shows officers punching and tackling a man to the ground while protesters stand around shouting at the cops.

"Don’t shoot him! Don’t shoot him!" one woman yells as the melee begins.

"Yo, you knocked him out," another man shouts as a swarm of officers arrive at the scene.

A crowd of protesters surrounded the officers chanting “Hands up, don’t shoot,” which has become the motto for Brown protests around the country.

The clip ends with a group yelling, “Cops, pigs, murders,” at the responding officers.


Dear fellow black people,
Because this is sadly needed here are some tips on how to handle being pulled over or approached by the police.

Step 1: if/when confronted, record everything. Turn the video or audio record on your phone on when police are at your window. This way no matter what they say you always have evidence to fall back on.

Step 2: Ask for officers badge number and name. The more official and educated (about the system) you seem, the harder it will be for them to harass you. Also if there is any misconduct you will be able to report them.

Step 3: learn as much as you can about your rights! Learn about basic traffic laws, curfews, anything. Get In touch with a lawyer who specializes in police misconduct/brutality.The more you know the better.

Step 4: if you are unjustly arrested, or confronted DO NOT ARGUE! Simply state your side of things ( remember you have a recording) if anything goes wrong you have your recording to fall back on. Plus,it’s better to be in a holding cell for stealing candy or a traffic violation then dead.

Step five: If you ever find yourself running away from someone with a gun. Don’t run in a straight line. It’s harder to hit a target that’s moving from side to side.

On July 18th we watched the death of an unarmed black man put in a chokehold by NYPD, only to have the NYPD Police Union hold a press conference today, to say that he was not put in a chokehold. 

Read more on the press conference here: http://dnain.fo/1lwSwNt

Eric Garner’s death ruled as homicide: http://bit.ly/1oWIkCS

Video of : http://youtu.be/_-5UY9I1EbU

Pissed off? Want to do something? You can join me in mailing a pic, or pictures, of Eric Garner in a chokehold. As a bonus, you can add other pictures of chokeholds in comparison since the Police Union President doesn’t seem to know what a chokehold looks like. Or if you’re in NYC, show up at their office:

Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association
125 Broad Street, 11th Fl.
New York, NY 10004-2400
Phone:  (212) 298-9100