Tuesday’s Headlines: More Carnage, Etc. Edition

The ghost bike of Robert Spencer is a reminder of the need for safety in Long Island City. File photo: Gersh Kuntzman
The ghost bike of Robert Spencer is a reminder of the need for safety in Long Island City. File photo: Gersh Kuntzman

Holidays may make for slow news days, but road violence never rests: Capping off a bloody weekend for cyclists, a Brooklyn prosecutor was struck and killed by a tour bus while biking in Williamsburg early on Monday (Streetsblog, NYDN, NYPost).

In other news yesterday:

  • COVID made for fairly empty streets on J’Ouvert (Gothamist). Still, five people got shot at local celebrations (NYTimes).
  • The Tabloid of Record offered a thumbsucker on how COVID has changed traffic patterns (NYPost).
  • LIRR chief Phillip Eng penned an opinion piece with a now-familiar plea to the feds: Send cash now! (amNY).
  • An investigation of mask-compliance on 15 bus routes found that a quarter of passengers rode bare-faced (TheCity).
  • ICYMI: City and State rounded up some notable recent incidents of police brutality in New York.
  • The city’s Law Department and Department of Investigation missed the Aug. 31 deadline for filing their report on the NYPD’s misconduct during the recent Black Lives Matter protests (GothamGazette).
  • More on police misconduct: Local legislators are training their sights on the doctrine of qualified immunity for officers (GothamGazette).


Do the 19th Precinct and Ben Kallos Know Drivers Cause Most Street Carnage?

Police activity on 79th & 1st–a blitz of enforcement on cyclists https://t.co/KSOdmtUHvp pic.twitter.com/1HO3zaGUwm — Our Town (@OurTownNYC) June 1, 2016 Per square mile, the 19th Precinct on the Upper East Side has one of the higher traffic injury rates in the city. Though motorists cause the vast majority of traffic injuries and deaths, the 19th Precinct continues […]

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