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Boomer & Carton: The Detectives’ Endowment Association Honors Sportscasters for their Philanthropy

 

Boomer and Carton were collectively humbled and honored to be recognized as the Detectives’ Endowment Association's “Men of the Year” during a ceremony on September 30, 2015.

The sportscasters talked about the very special evening for on the morning of October first.

Douglas LeVien, New York Detective Who Infiltrated the Mafia, Dies at 68

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Douglas A. LeVien Jr. in 1972. Credit Neal Boenzi/The New York Times

Douglas A. LeVien Jr., a former undercover police detective who in 1972 infiltrated the meeting ground used by New York’s five Mafia families, a landmark operation that produced scores of convictions, died on July 30 while vacationing in Saratoga, N.Y. He was 68.

The cause was a heart attack, his son Vincent Douglas LeVien said. Except for several months in the late 1970s when, under apparent threat of death from a high-ranking mobster, he was placed in the federal witness protection program, Detective LeVien lived in Brooklyn all his life.

An expert on organized crime who in a four-decade career worked with city, state and federal authorities, Detective LeVien — a French-Canadian name, pronounced luh-VYEN — was a 20-year veteran of the New York Police Department. Eight of those years were spent under cover.

“He’s disarming,” Edward A. McDonald, a former federal prosecutor who worked with Detective LeVien for years, said on Thursday, reflecting on his former colleague’s success as an undercover operative. “He didn’t come off like a tough guy, but he studied the people he was dealing with and knew what would be appealing to them and what they would be persuaded by.”

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Among the biggest cases of Detective LeVien’s career was a 1972 sting centered on a junkyard in Canarsie, Brooklyn, that served as a meeting place for New York’s five organized crime families. Credit Barton Silverman/The New York Times

Mr. McDonald, who during the 1980s was chief of the federal Organized Crime Strike Force in Brooklyn, added: “He had incredible street sense. He grew up as a kid in the streets of Brooklyn and knew his way around.”

Detective LeVien’s most celebrated cases include the 1972 sting, called Operation Gold Bug, which centered on a Brooklyn junkyard trailer in which known Mafiosi planned a spate of crimes. He also played a two-year role as a drug-dealing millionaire in an operation that snared Enzo Napoli, a representative of the Sicilian Mafia who served the Gambino and Lucchese crime families.

In later years, his investigative work aided prosecutions in the Abscam federal corruption trials, the fatal Howard Beach racial attack of 1986 and the “Mafia Cops” case of the 2000s, in which two former New York police detectives, Louis J. Eppolito and Stephen Caracappa, were convicted of crimes, including murder, committed while in the pay of the Lucchese family.

During Detective LeVien’s time under cover, his life was a web of identities assumed and identities discarded, with an array of passports and driver’s licenses to match. His work encompassed seedy motel rooms and million-dollar yachts; diamonds, stolen artworks and kilos of heroin and cocaine; and long, painstaking efforts to penetrate a famously clannish brotherhood.

“When you’re dealing with organized crime,” he told Police magazine in 1980, “most of them, if they don’t know your mother and your grandmother, they’re not gonna talk to you. You have to try to break that insulation. It’s not impossible, but it is extremely hard. It has to be done with a lot of thought.”

Beneath all that thought ran a relentless undertow: the chronic fear of being “made” — of having someone tumble to his true identity. At least once while under cover, Detective LeVien submitted to a beating so as not to reveal himself.

“As soon as the guy thinks you’re a cop, it’s just like him knowing you’re a cop,” he said in the same interview. “If he’s suspicious, he’s gonna ask you who’s your mother and who’s your grandmother. And that test you’ll never pass. Then you’re dead.”

Only at his father’s wake on Tuesday, Vincent LeVien said, did he learn that Detective LeVien was known to law-enforcement colleagues in his years under cover by the code name Canary — as in the canary in the mine shaft.

Douglas Alexander LeVien Jr. was born in Brooklyn on May 27, 1947, and reared in the Prospect Heights neighborhood. His father was a security guard; his mother had been a cloistered nun in Montreal before leaving her order and marrying.

As a youth, he ran with the Hilltoppers, a local street gang.

“I was always on the wrong side of the fence,” Detective LeVien told The New York Times in 1972. “I never did anything that serious, or mugging or stealing. We drank beer and fought the nearby gangs.”

After graduating from John Jay High School in 1965, he enlisted in the Marines, and that, he said, straightened him out fast. He served as a radio operator in Vietnam, where he saw combat.

On his discharge in 1969, he joined the Police Department. In 1972, at 25, he was made a detective.

That year, Detective LeVien was conscripted for Operation Gold Bug, a yearlong investigation involving Bargain Auto Parts, a junkyard in the Canarsie section of Brooklyn. The operation was named for Eugene Gold, the Brooklyn district attorney at the time, and for the listening device that the authorities planted in the junkyard trailer that served as a de facto Mafia boardroom.

The sting, which included six months of audio and video surveillance, was of a scope never before attempted.

“The Gold Bug was a marquee investigation,” Charles J. Hynes, the Brooklyn district attorney from 1990 to 2013, said in a telephone interview on Wednesday. “It was the first time a bug was actually planted in a mobster’s office.”

He added, “It was a breakthrough for local law enforcement, and it would be followed by dramatic investigations by the F.B.I. and the U.S. attorney.”

Holding court in the trailer was Paul Vario, a powerful member of the Lucchese family (and the model for Paul Sorvino’s character in the 1990 film “Goodfellas”). Members of all five families were seen entering and leaving the premises, said Mr. Hynes, who at the time worked under Mr. Gold as chief of the Brooklyn rackets bureau.

Mr. Vario hoped to infiltrate the Brooklyn district attorney’s office. In cultivating him, Detective LeVien presented himself as exactly what he was: a detective attached to that office. But, wearing a wire, he also presented himself as a cop on the take, hungry for bribes.

It took time for him to ingratiate himself, but after Detective LeVien had made some 30 visits to the trailer, Mr. Vario offered him $1,000 to supply the name of a confidential informer used by the district attorney.

In October 1972, just before Detective LeVien would have had to deliver that information, 1,200 police officers fanned out across the metropolitan area, serving more than 600 subpoenas on accused mob associates and some 100 fellow police officers believed to be in their pay.

The operation, which made headlines nationwide, including on the front page of The Times, resulted in about 100 convictions, Mr. Vario’s among them, on charges including extortion, bribery, hijacking, loan sharking and insurance fraud, Mr. Hynes said — “the whole menu of organized crime.”

For Detective LeVien, the relentless imperative to think six moves ahead, the labyrinth of shifting identities and the constant looking over his shoulder inevitably took a toll over time.

“I think he struggled with the psychological effects,” Vincent LeVien said on Wednesday. “He had bouts with drinking; he was a recovering alcoholic.”

Detective LeVien’s first marriage, to Barbara Soranno, ended in divorce; his second wife, the former Lorraine Mulay, died in 2006. Besides his son Vincent, survivors include another son, Douglas III; a sister, Ethel Markey; and two grandchildren.

After retiring from the Police Department in 1990, Detective LeVien was the executive assistant to Mr. Hynes for nearly a quarter-century. He was the author of “The Mafia Handbook: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the Mob ... but Were Really Afraid to Ask” (1993), with Juliet Papa.

One of Detective LeVien’s most memorable acts of ingratiation came during Operation Gold Bug. It combined his characteristic psychological acumen with a bit of graphic roguery.

Wanting to curry favor with Mr. Vario, Detective LeVien procured an authentic list of men recently arrested in a Brooklyn craps game. As The Times reported in 1972, members of the district attorney’s staff had given the list an added, inscrutable allure by scrawling nonsensical arrows, exclamation points and asterisks alongside the names.

With what can safely be assumed to have been a straight face, Detective LeVien showed the list to Mr. Vario.

“Sure,” Mr. Vario was recorded as saying, sagely. “I see the significance of this.”

NYPD Officer Dies 2 Days After Being Shot In Queens

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — An NYPD officer died Monday, two days after being shot in the head while sitting in an unmarked squad car in Queens.

Officer Brian Moore, 25, was in a medically induced coma after undergoing surgery shortly after the incident in Queens Village, CBS2’s Diane Macedo reported.

He was removed from life support at 11:15 a.m. Monday, sources said.

“It’s with great regret and sadness that I announce the passing of New York City police Officer Brian Moore … killed in the line of duty,” NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton told reporters outside Jamaica Hospital Medical Center.

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“In his very brief career, less than five years, he had already proved himself to be an exceptional young officer,” Bratton added. “In that career, he had made over 150 arrests protecting and serving the citizens of this city. He had already received two exceptional police service medals, two meritorious police service medals. We don’t give them out easily. He worked for them. He earned them.”

As CBS2’s Matt Kozar reported, police officers know they have a dangerous job. But that does not make coping with the loss of a colleague any easier.

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At the 105th Precinct in Queens Village, where Moore was assigned, purple bunting was set up to represent the heavy grief the officers were experiencing.

Moore’s family also joined hundreds of officers for a solemn processional outside the hospital.

An ambulance carried Moore’s body.

“When we square our shoulders and wipe our tears for Brian and his family, those same police officers are going to turn around, and they’re going to staff radio calls and foot posts, and they’re going to ride on our subways, and they’re going to work those stairwells in our complexes out there,” said Pat Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benovelent Associaton. “They may have sadness in their eyes, but their bravery in their heart.”

Moore came from a police family, Bratton said.

“I did not know this officer in person in life. I’ve only come to know him in death,” Bratton said. “An extraordinary young man. A great loss to his family, a great loss to this department and a great loss to this profession and to this city.”

Watch Bratton’s News Conference:

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Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday evening said Officer Moore had dreamed of becoming a police officer and serving his city, having seen what his father and uncle had done.

“We lost one of New York’s finest, and that phrase needs to be fully understood this moment,” Mayor de Blasio said. “We lost one of New York’s finest, and that phrase needs to be fully understood at this moment. We lost one of the best amongst us – a young man who was called to do good for others, who served others, who was willing to put his life on the line.”

Watch de Blasio’s News Conference:

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Bratton said funeral arrangements are being finalized and that services are expected at the end of the week. Police and Mayor Bill de Blasio were to hold a press briefing later Monday to discuss the investigation.

“Our hearts are heavy today as we mourn the loss of Police Officer Brian Moore,” de Blasio said in a statement. “For five years, Brian served with distinction and he put his life on the line each day to keep us all safe. On Saturday, he made the ultimate sacrifice in service to the people of New York City.”

“The shooting of Officer Brian Moore over the weekend was a deplorable act of violence that has robbed New York of one of its finest,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement. “As a member of the NYPD, Officer Moore put the safety of his fellow New Yorkers before his own, and we will remember his service with gratitude and pride. I join with all New Yorkers in mourning his passing and send my deepest condolences to his friends and family.”

President Barack Obama, speaking at Lehman College in the Bronx on Monday, also addressed Moore’s death.

“New York’s Finest lost one of its own today, Officer Brian Moore, who was shot in the line of duty on Saturday night. Passed away earlier today,” Obama said. “He came from a family of police officers. And the family of fellow officers he joined in the NYPD and across the country deserve our gratitude and our prayers not just today but every day. They’ve got a tough job.”

The overwhelming grief weighed down a department still reeling from the deaths of two officers killed in December.

The recent shootings targeting officers have come as the City Council was moving to decriminalize low-level offenses, and as protesters erupted over aggressive police tactics.

In a statement, NYPD Detectives’ Endowment Association President Michael Palladino said: “Thanks to the city council advocating on their behalf, criminals are carrying their guns again because they’ve been emboldened with a warped sense of entitlement. At the same time, active policing has been discouraged or abandoned, leaving cops vulnerable and in danger. As a result, this young courageous cop lost his life.”

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito ignored the union’s angry tone, and said now is a time to mourn Officer Moore together as a city – as one family.

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Several police officers also stood at attention Monday afternoon outside Moore’s home in Massapequa, Long Island. They tried to offer some solace to his relatives returning home from the hospital, CBS2’s Dana Tyler reported.

Earlier in the day, shaken neighbors, friends and colleagues of Moore’s put up ribbons and laid flowers at the doorstep of the family home. They told CBS2 they were outraged at his cold-blooded killing.

“I just want justice,” said neighbor Vanessa Lisco.

Moore grew up on the block and came from a family of police officers. His father and uncle were both sergeants in the NYPD.

Moore himself graduated from Plainedge High School in North Massapequa, and joined the NYPD in 2011. He earned several medals, and had 150 arrests in his five-year career.

Neighbors React To Death Of Officer Brian Moore

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Elizabeth Zaremba said she has known the Moore family since the day she moved onto the block.

“At least 62 years they’ve been living here. Their family is just unbelievable,” she said. “I’m just heartbroken.”

Zaremba said Moore is the second officer from the block to be killed on duty. She still remembers when Officer Edward Byrne was shot dead in his cruiser in 1988 while guarding a witness.

“If the police can’t protect themselves, what are they do, just let the people kill the police? We don’t have any police left?” she said.

In a show of support for police, more than 1,000 people gathered at Plainedge High School for a vigil on Monday night.

“We don’t ask why, because sometimes questions can’t be answered,” said the Rev. Frank Nelson of Maria Regina Catholic Church. “We can’t understand why. We’re not made of the stuff to understand why tragedies like this happen.”

Children at the rally were dressed in NYPD blue – appropriate as they mourned the man who had always dreamed of wearing the uniform.

“As long as this continues to happen to police officers around the country, we have to stand together,” said retired NYPD Detective Keith Fischer.

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Gov. Cuomo Under Fire for Being No-Show at State Police Memorials

NEW YORK — Gov. Andrew Cuomo is under fire from union leaders, law enforcement officials and relatives of slain officers for being a no-show at the state's solemn police memorial services during his entire first term, DNAinfo New York has learned.

According to officials, the governor has skipped the Police Officers’ Memorial Remembrance Ceremony for the past four years and is once again not expected to attend the annual 40-minute ceremony on Tuesday.

The memorial was created by Cuomo's father, Mario, in 1989 to honor the nearly 1,400 lawmen and women who made the ultimate sacrifice protecting New Yorkers around the state.

“The governor’s absence over the years has been puzzling and disappointing to the families of the fallen officers,” said Michael Palladino, president of both the NYPD’s Detectives Endowment Association, which has 6,000 members, and the New York State Association of Patrolmen Benevolent Associations, which represents another 35,000 officers.

This year's ceremony, which takes place on the Empire State Plaza, across the street from the state Capitol, marks the addition to the polished black-granite monument honoring 27 officers —19 of them from the NYPD, including detectives Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, who were executed in their squad car in Brooklyn in December.

“It may be understandable that there are some years that the governor might not be able to attend the memorial, but to not attend even one of the ceremonies during his first term sends a negative message to law enforcement officers throughout the state," James Carver, president of the Nassau Country PBA, told "On The Inside."

Cuomo’s office did not immediately comment.

Former Lt. Governor Robert Duffy, a former Rochester chief of police, represented Cuomo at the last four ceremonies, while Cuomo showed his support by posting laudatory statements for the fallen offices on the state's website.

"As the governor of the state of New York, Andrew Cuomo should have made every effort to attend the police memorials to recognize and honor the ultimate sacrifices made by the men and women in law enforcement,” Carver observed.

Palladino added that “the men and women of law enforcement, who risk their lives every day, hope he can attend this year’s event."

Cuomo's father created the memorial as a permanent symbol “honoring and properly reflecting the duty, dignity and devotion of" slain officers.

It was designed partly on concepts submitted by Colleen Dillon Bergman, daughter of veteran state Trooper Emerson J. Dillon Jr., who was killed in the line of duty in 1974.

In recent years, about 400 people have gathered at the curved granite wall, which signifies the eternal unity of the fallen officers and their loved ones.

Cuomo skipped this event for a fourth straight time last May, but he attended the high-profile funerals for officers Liu and Ramos several months ago.

Over the years, his relationship with law enforcement has been mixed at best, law enforcement and political insiders say.  

In the wake of the controversial "chokehold" death of Eric Garner and the Liu and Ramos killings, Cuomo said he wanted to replace bulletproof vests, deploy body cameras and pay for bulletproof glass for patrol cars in high crime areas.

But he also announced he supported increased scrutiny of police, and would appoint an independent monitor to review police cases in which a civilian dies when a grand jury doesn't come back with an indictment.

In addition to adding Liu's and Ramos' names to the memorial, the list of fallen officers will include two state Environmental Conservation police "game protectors," William Cramer and John Woodruff, who were killed in separate incidents while tracking down poachers nearly a century ago,

Cramer was ambushed Sept. 22, 1929, when he was hit with a shotgun blast in a wooded area near present-day JFK Airport while trying to arrest a thief who was in possession of illegal songbirds. Cramer had had survived a nearly fatal shooting seven years earlier.

Woodruff, meanwhile, disappeared in November 1919 in upstate Schenectady woodlands while chasing a suspect wanted for “game law” violations. His remains were found years later, but not his weapon.

No one was ever charged with his murder.

https://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20150504/civic-center/gov-cuomo-under-fire-for-being-no-show-at-state-police-memorials

Bratton Optimistic That He’ll Be Able to Hire More Cops This Year

The city’s top cop insisted Sunday that he’s still holding out hope of hiring more officers this year, even after his big blow-up with a key City Hall aide over the issue.

“We are in negotiations with the Mayor’s Office on the numbers that I have proposed to him,” NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton told “The Cats Roundtable” AM 970 radio show. “I’m optimistic that we will, in fact, see an increase in the size of the department this year,” Bratton told the show’s host, former mayoral hopeful John Catsimatidis. “The exact number will be the result of negotiations, first with the mayor and then the mayor negotiating with the City Council.”

Bratton has proposed adding 1,000 new cops to the force, which has shrunk to about 35,000 officers from nearly 41,000 at the time of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

Last week, The Post exclusively reported that Bratton blew his stack during a discussion about NYPD staffing with Deputy Mayor Tony Shorris. Bratton threatened to make an end run around the administration to arrange funding for more cops, sources said.

“If I don’t get them from you, I’ll go to the City Council and get them!” Bratton allegedly fumed before storming out of City Hall.

Bratton denied The Post’s front-page report, but multiple sources have confirmed its accuracy.

A spokesman for Mayor Bill de Blasio declined to comment on Bratton’s radio remarks and said Hizzoner’s position was unchanged since late last week, when he suggested there was no need for additional cops.

“I think the fact that our police force has once again performed so well is an indication of how good it is in its current state,” de Blasio told reporters Thursday.

The mayor refused to say if he was considering Bratton’s request.

“I think we’ve been over this now for a year and a quarter — we make budget announcements the day we make the budget announcement,” he said. “We don’t just give you hints. We actually make a budget announcement.”

The president of the Detectives’ Endowment Association, Michael Palladino, agreed with Bratton that a boost in cops was needed to help combat terrorism.

“Increasing the department at this time is critical in order to implement new strategies in anticipation of imposed changes by the federal court and to have sufficient staffing to address the constant threat of terrorism, ” Palladino said.

The head of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, however, said Bratton’s request fell short of addressing the staffing problem.

“We need more in the area of 6,000,” PBA President Pat Lynch said. “The demand for police services has increased tremendously due to crime and fighting terrorism.”

In addition to his comments about hiring more cops, Bratton on Sunday said authorities busted two Queens women on terror charges to prevent an attack like the one that killed three people and injured hundreds more at the 2013 Boston Marathon.

Bratton also called it “particularly shocking” that members of the public failed to report about 80 percent of the gunfire incidents detected by the NYPD’s new ShotSpotter surveillance system in crime-ridden sections of Brooklyn and The Bronx.

http://nypost.com/2015/04/06/bratton-optimistic-that-hell-be-able-to-hire-more-cops-this-year/

Detectives union ratifies contract with City Hall

The New York City Detectives Endowment Association ratified its seven-year contract with the de Blasio administration Friday evening, bringing two of the city's five police unions into current labor settlements as the mayor looks to move past his feud with parts of the NYPD.

The detectives will receive 11-percent raises over the life of the contract.

The captains union approved an identical contract last month, and the lieutenants are set to vote on the same deal next week.

The sergeants union remains in active negotiations with City Hall and the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, which represents 24,000 rank-and-file officers, is in binding arbitration. P.B.A. president Pat Lynch lashed out at the mayor repeatedly last year, most forcefully after the Dec. 20 execution of two police officers, when he laid some of the blame for the murders at the mayor's feet.

D.E.A. president Mike Palladino told Capital Friday evening that 59.2 percent of the union members who voted approved of the deal while 40.8 percent voted against it. Sixty percent of the ballots were returned, he said.

Tensions between police and the mayor, which have dissipated in recent weeks, contributed to the turnout, he said.

"There's a lot that goes into it. You have the dead of winter, you have the kind of, this—not a black cloud—(but) the cops are kind of demoralized over what transpired so that goes into it as well," he said.

The result was not surprising, given the recent turmoil, he said.

"That vote is reflective of the overall feeling of the police, not just with respect to the contract but with respect to the entire anti-police climate that exists right now," he said.

Nonetheless, as Capital has reported, the mayor and police have made amends, though the mayor never apologized to the union leaders.

Palladino attended a press conference just last week with the mayor and police commissioner Bill Bratton to announce a $7.3 million investment in new police vests. Officers have been clamoring for better vests, and the issue received attention during a raucous P.B.A. meeting during which Lynch's opponents in an upcoming union election criticized his record in attending to their priorities.

After the meeting, Lynch, who faces an internal challenger in the election, also called on City Hall to deliver better vests.

The contract three police union presidents agreed to in December provides officers 11-percent raises over seven years. The first raise would not kick in until the final month of the first year for captains but Palladino said detectives and lieutenants are getting their first raise in the seventh month of the first year. The overall package is 1 percent more than the raises awarded to other municipal workers last year.

In December, 11 days before the officers' murder, the contract was announced with eight uniformed supervisory unions who joined forces to strike a deal with the de Blasio administration. The total deal will cost taxpayers $559 million, which is to be offset by $145.4 million in health-care savings required of the unions, according to figures provided by City Hall.

De Blasio's administration has settled contracts with 71 percent of its municipal workforce. When he took office last year, all contracts were expired.

“We’re pleased that the police detectives have ratified their contract," Amy Spitalnick, a spokeswoman for de Blasio, said in a statement Friday night. "The patterned settlements we’ve reached with both civilian and uniformed employees show again and again that labor and management can reach timely agreements that respect our workers and protect taxpayers, without arbitration or litigation.”

http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/city-hall/2015/02/8562340/detectives-union-ratifies-contract-city-hall

Michael Palladino interviews with Geraldo Rivera

Gerald Rivera, 1-14 - WABC Radio Mayor Rudy Giualini joins Geraldo and defends NYPD Commissioner Bratton from the NY Times Editorial suggesting that maybe it's time for him to leave. Plus, Michael Palladino, head of Detective Endowment Association, discusses yesterday's pro-cop rally on today's show.

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Detectives Endowment Association on NY1 - New York, NY

NY1 1/14/2015 10:36:37 AM: ...been highly critical of the nypd. there was small gathering that included members of the clergy and eric garner's mother who prayed for unity. "we wish to join in brotherhood and sisterhood." back at the rally in kew gardens... the head of the Detectives' endowment association was the only local police union representative at the rally. michael palladino spoke briefly...thanking the crowd for their support. "the rally was the first of several that are scheduled to be held across the five boroughs, and while the turnout was low, organizers say they believe the numbers will be greater for the next one." "we are looking for a bigger turnout in brooklyn. we hope to have maybe 5000 people from brooklyn. when we get up to the bronx we will see what happens up there." the next rally is set for january 20th. in kew gardens, ruschell boone ny1. a bill that would make police chokeholds illegal doesn't have mayor de blasio's su pport. the mayor swoayus ldhe v eto the legislation if the city council passes it in its current form. a spokesman says the mayor believes the nypd's internal policy is the best way to monitor and regulate the practice. he also believes retraining the police force will be an important way to make progress on the issue. the measure was introduced after the death of eric garner, who was placed in what appeared to be a chokehold during an arrest. chokeholds are police commissioner bill bratton appeared on inside city hall last night where he discussed the nypd inspector general's recent report on police chokeholds. the report looked at 10 chokehold complaints against the department that were substantiated by the civilian complaint review board. the ccrb recommended serious discipline, but those punishments were never handed out by then-police commissioner ray kelly. but bratton says there are a lot of things to consider while reviewing a chokehold claim against an officer. "we seek to guide our officers through our policies and procedures. no prohibition is absolute, so that if an officer is in a life- threatening situation he would be able to use any means possible to protect his life or the life of anoother." bratton has not yet had any ccrb chokehold reviews come before him it's time now for a short break, but when the news continues we'll take another look at our weather on the ones forecast. plus...we'll update the markets -- from the floor of the new york stock exchange. ...

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