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Dying Alone In The City Of Lights – 50,000 Die Lonely And All Alone

Posted in Alone, Dying Alone, New York City with tags , , , , , , on October 17, 2015 by sheriffali

[NYT] They found him in the living room, crumpled up on the mottled carpet. The police did. Sniffing a fetid odor, a neighbor had called 911. The apartment was in north-central Queens, in an unassertive building on 79th Street in Jackson Heights.


The apartment belonged to a George Bell. He lived alone. Thus the presumption was that the corpse also belonged to George Bell. It was a plausible supposition, but it remained just that, for the puffy body on the floor was decomposed and unrecognizable. Clearly the man had not died on July 12, the Saturday last year when he was discovered, nor the day before nor the day before that. He had lain there for a while, nothing to announce his departure to the world, while the hyperkinetic city around him hurried on with its business.


Neighbors had last seen him six days earlier, a Sunday. On Thursday, there was a break in his routine. The car he always kept out front and moved from one side of the street to the other to obey parking rules sat on the wrong side. A ticket was wedged beneath the wiper. The woman next door called Mr. Bell. His phone rang and rang.


Then the smell of death and the police and the sobering reason that George Bell did not move his car.


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New York Police Departments Is A Cesspool of Some Of The Worst Of Humanity, Including The Grand Jury That Indicted The Man Who Filmed Eric Garner’s Killing

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 4, 2014 by sheriffali

A New York City grand jury decided yesterday not to indict the police officer who choked Eric Garner to death back in July. However, Ramsey Orta, who was present and actually filmed Garner being choked, received a grand jury indictment shortly after the incident, reported The Huffington Post.


Weeks after the July 17 incident where Eric Garner was choked to death by an NYPD officer Pantaleo, Ramsey Orta was indicted by a grand jury on criminal weapons charges: one felony count of third-degree criminal weapon possession and criminal firearm possession. According to the HuffPo, Orta “testified that the charges were falsely mounted by police in retaliation for his role in documenting Garner’s death, but the grand jury rejected his contention.”


However, what’s odd about this indictment is that Orta’s wife was also arrested for an alleged assault incident less than a week after Ramsey’s arrest.


Did NYPD officers retaliate against Orta and his wife because he exposed the world to a clear picture of the brutality with which the department has been associated? It’s really tough to tell. Police corruption tends to have a really good way of covering for itself. And there’s also the Blue Code of Silence, the unwritten rule mandating that cops protect each other.


The chokehold used on Garner was banned by the New York police department back in 1993, but was used in 2014. And the result was the death of an unthreatening, unarmed man. An officer used excessive force and got away with it. Just another day in American law enforcement! [by Joshua De Leon ringoffire <dot> com]


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