Rikers Guards Accused of Faking Suicide Attempt to Cover Up Beating
On Monday, New York City’s Department of Investigation said it’s reviewing the 129 incidents in which inmates were seriously injured by guards at Rikers Island last year, which were exposed by a New York Times report last week. They also shared another horror story from the prison. Mark Peters, the department’s commissioner, said that in October, two correction officers and a captain repeatedly kicked and punched an inmate in the head and torso while he was in his cell. The officers claimed they entered the cell — which is allowed only when there’s an “immediate threat” — because the inmate was attempting suicide, and submitted photos of a noose made from pants as evidence. However, investigators found video that shows the captain leaving the room after the beating, making a noose out of the inmate’s pants, and placing it on the floor. Read more.
Harlem Barbershop Offers Fresh Cuts, Health Screenings For Charity
Denny Moe’s Superstar Barbershop in Harlem offers its clients more than the traditional clean shave and nice haircut over the weekend. The popular neighborhood establishment takes its commitment to the community to the next level to focus on better health with “Cutting For A Cure.” Read more.
John Oliver Calls Out America’s Racist, Broken Prison System: ‘We Are Doing A Terrible Job’
On Sunday, John Oliver’s main story was a look at the racism and corruption inherent in the American prison system, and our national apathy toward it. And if you think that sounds terribly unfunny, you’re right … Oliver doesn’t find it funny either. But don’t despair: there’s a puppet sing-along at the end of the segment. Read more.
‘I’m for It’: Obama Lends Support to DC Statehood Push
President Barack Obama said on Monday that he’s in favor of Washington, D.C., gaining statehood. “I’m in D.C., so I’m for it,” he said to a room of mostly young, minority boys who were at the White House for Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative. “Folks in D.C. pay taxes like everybody else. They contribute to the overall well-being of the country like everybody else. They should be represented like everybody else.” Read more.
Ex-Wife of Alleged Klansman Cop: Boss Made Us Join the KKK
The weird story of the Florida police station with two Klansmen officers just took a weirder-er turn: the ex-wife of one of the officers accused of joining the Ku Klux Klan has turned around, saying his former boss actually told him to go undercover in the first place. Ann Hunnewell, the ex-wife of Officer George Hunnewell, was working as a secretary at the Fruitland Park Police Department when her boss approached her and her husband with an unusual assignment: as she told the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, he wanted the two of them to infiltrate the local Klan to investigate rumors of a third Fruitland cop joining the hate group. (That cop, James Elkins, resigned in 2009 after his membership came to light.) Read more.