Today’s Headlines

  • Precinct Commander: Tamon Robinson Killed Himself by Striking NYPD Cruiser (NYT)
  • Cuomo’s Tappan Zee Passed Over for Federal Loan (U.S. DOT via Transpo Nation)
  • Traffic Crashes Boost U.S. to Top of Mortality List for Ages 10 to 24 (News)
  • City and MTA in Talks to Bring MetroCards to East River Ferry (DNA)
  • Lisberg on X Line: We Can’t Afford to Think About New Subway Service (Capital)
  • Samuelsen Believes MTA Should Move Offices to 370 Jay (WNYC)
  • Staten Island Business People, Vincent Ignizio Harangue Pat Foye on Tolls (NY1)
  • Silverstein Proposes Residential Tower to Pay for Manhattan Port Authority Bus Garage (Crain’s)
  • Family of Moshe Englender Says Crossover Mirror Law Isn’t Being Enforced (News)
  • Nice: Long-Awaited Inwood Step-Street Rehab to Include Bike Ramps (News)
  • American Lung Association: NYC Air Quality Improving, Except on Staten Island (NY1, Advance)
  • Eric “Get a Life” Ulrich Is Running for State Senate (Post, NY1)

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  • Larry Littlefield

    For an non-tabloid view of why Americans die young, there is this chart from The Economist magazine.

    http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2012/04/daily-chart-14

    Traffic accidents and violence, not suicide and “other causes.”  Certainly not sex, drugs and rock and roll.  That was older generations.

  • Tamon Robinson Killing:  Paul Browne’s outrageous “looks to be an accident” remark is a perfect capsule of the windshield perspective that permeates NYPD from top to bottom.  Run someone down with a vehicle–or, to be more precise, forcefully maneuver at speed into his path so that he strikes his head on the vehicle and sustains fatal injuries–and it just “looks to be an accident.”  Had to go to Carolina to find the “expert” willing to draw the disingenuous distinction between “cutting off” and “striking” to make Browne seem reasonable.

    No wonder so many of the the hundreds of killings each year on NYC streets just “look to be accidents.”

  • > Eric “Get a Life” Ulrich Is Running for State Senate

    Fellow readers, we should do everything we can to make sure this tool does not get elected.

  • Anonymous

    The NYPD’s response isn’t nearly as offensive as this twerp’s:

    Geoffrey Alpert, a professor at the University of South Carolina who is
    an expert on police pursuits, said there was nothing improper about
    using a police car to chase down someone on foot as long as the vehicle
    was not used recklessly or as a weapon. “If the officer drove up to cut
    him off, and the guy ran into him, well, sorry,” he said. “But if the
    officer ran into the suspect, that’s force way disproportionate to the
    offense.”

    Think about that: “If the officer drove up to cut
    him off, and the guy ran into him, well, sorry.” Really, it’s the platonic form of the “car’s are agentless actors”
    argument. Can we please hear from Geoffrey
    Alpert
    about Trayvon Martin? “If he was running away and
    turned into Zimmerman’s bullet, well, sorry.”

    How do you even effectively distinguish between them running into him and Robinson turning into the car? What if he happened to pivot slightly before the impact, does that invalidate the whole thing? It’s a nonsense distinction.

    So the standard in such cases, according to Professor Alpert, should be that if the police do not 100% intentionally kill you for *possibly* stealing a few dollars’ worth of paving stones, then tough luck.

  • Anonymous

    Grumble . . . Disqus . . . grumble

  • Driver

     Everyone seems to fault the officers for chasing Mr. Robinson for a trivial crime.  The thing is once he runs, there is a very real possibility that there is more than a trivial crime at hand.  He ran and left his vehicle behind, which could be an indication of a stolen vehicle.  Once he runs, the police do not know if he has a warrant for a traffic ticket, or a murder rap, or if he has a gun in his waistband or drugs in his pocket, or if he is simply running for no good reason.
    Dangerous criminals tend to run from the police.  Mr. Robinson was probably not a dangerous criminal, but by taking the same actions as one, the police have no way to know that in the moment.  To fault the police for chasing him for simply stealing stones ignores the realities and possibilities that police face on the streets.

  • Anonymous

    @SB_Driver:disqus

    Everyone seems to fault the officers for chasing Mr. Robinson for a trivial crime.

    “Everyone” seems to believe that the police should absolutely never chase people on foot so closely with a motor vehicle that it’s possible to drive straight into them and kill them.

    End of blinking story.
     

  • Does that idiot in the NYPD want every single black teenager in the city to regard all interactions with the police as a game of cat&mouse? 

    Christ, what an asshole.

  • The Truth

    And why can’t we just see on the dash cam what really happened?
    Oh, that’s right, the NYPD never, ever wants anybody to see what they’re really doing!

  • I’m curious to know how many times “expert” Geoffrey Alpert has testified on behalf of police officers and police departments to exonerate them from liability for killing people during pursuits.

  • Even if it was an “accident” which noone believes at this point, that doesn’t explain the 30-45 minutes in which Tamon was losing blood into his brain on the street without care. 
    The simple answer IMO (not even going to be humble about it because the NYPD are just a bunch of bald face lairs IMO) is that they hit him and they let him go brain dead in order to take him out as a witness.

    The other witnesses are still saying that the police hit Tamon and that it was no accident.

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