Exclusive: Family of Man Who Hanged Himself In Bronx Precinct Wins $775,000 Settlement

March 7, 2019 Kevin Deutsch 0

Samuel Reyes, 49, used a piece of drawstring to commit suicide in November 2015 after NYPD officers from the 49th Precinct arrested him on suspicion he’d been involved in two armed robberies. His family filed a wrongful death suit in Manhattan federal court the following year, alleging it took officers at the station house nearly half an hour to notice Reyes hanging from a bar in one of the holding cells – located 25 to 30 feet, and within plain sight, of the front desk, records show.

Jury Won’t Hear Dramatic 911 Call in Case of Wounded 5-Year-Old Jaheem Hunter

March 5, 2019 Kevin Deutsch 0

Unable to speak, walk, or breathe on his own in the weeks after the June 2017 shooting – which happened on his fifth birthday – the little boy fought valiantly to stay alive, making what his family called a “miraculous” recovery. Authorities credited the quick thinking of his sister, Aja Holmes, and father, Charles Hunter, who cradled the bleeding child en route to the hospital, with saving his life.

Bronx District Attorney to End Marijuana Prosecutions in Single-Charge Cases

February 27, 2019 Kevin Deutsch 1

Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark has instructed her office to decline prosecutions of marijuana arrests when a defendant faces only a marijuana charge, according to a statement provided to the city council. In the fourth quarter of 2018 alone, around 90 percent of people arrested for marijuana possession in the Bronx were either Black or Hispanic, the DA said.

FBI: Three DNA Labs Reported CODIS Software Glitch; Inaccurate Genetic Information Displayed Due to “Synchronization Issue”

February 26, 2019 Kevin Deutsch 0

The FBI says a software update to its national DNA database caused incorrect genetic information to display at a handful of local crime labs, but that no offenders were misidentified as a result. Three crime labs in the United States told the FBI they were impacted by the CODIS software glitch, which caused incorrect genetic profile information to be displayed.