An 11-year-old boy was fatally shot in the head when a gunman fired “multiple shots” from a car upstate over the weekend, police said.
Ayshawn Davis was killed when gunfire erupted around 11:40 p.m. Sunday on Old Sixth Avenue in Troy, city police Assistant Chief Christopher Kehn said. The child was rushed to Albany Medical Center but couldn’t be saved.
Kehn said “numerous shots” were fired by a gunman, who was in a dark sedan.
“We have no idea who was originally targeted,” Kehn said, declining to say how many times Ayshawn was struck.
The Albany Times Union reported that Ayshawn was staying with a family friend at the time.
About 100 people attended a vigil at the scene Monday evening, multiple news outlets reported.
“It is tragic and it should shock the conscience of us all,” Troy Mayor Patrick Madden said in a statement. “These callous acts do not reflect the values of this city or this country.”
Buffalo NY Police will no longer require names on uniform
An upstate New York police department will no longer require officers to wear their names on their uniforms.
As a means to protect officers from threat incidents, Buffalo cops will don an identifying number instead of their name as part of a new policy change that went into effect last week, Mayor Byron Brown told WKBW.
The move comes as protestors, who are demonstrating against the police-involved killings of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, routinely complain about law enforcement encounters with officers who don’t have obvious identification, CNN reported.
Amid heightened tensions between the public and the police, Brown is concerned his officers’ names and other personally identifying information will end up online and used maliciously, the outlet reported.
“What we have seen is some of these doxing incidents are occurring from people that are not in this city, are not in this county, are not in this region, but people in different parts of the country, maybe internationally, that see a name on a uniform and then go to work on the computer. That is inappropriate,” Brown told WKBW.
“I think it’s something that should be illegal, but I also think every police officer that works as a police officer should be identified.”
While doxing has been a growing concern ever since nationwide demonstrations erupted in earnest at the end of May, advocates for police transparency say officers must be easily identifiable because of the power they hold.
The Buffalo Police Advisory Board, an independent group that pushes reforms within the city’s police department, lambasted the new policy.
“The policy change regarding badges fails to live up to the standards of transparency and accountability to the public that the BPAB continuously calls for. This policy risks further eroding at community trust and safety,” the board wrote in a statement to CNN.
“Relatedly, the decision was made solely by the executive branch without consultation to our board, which is comprised of members of the public, researches best practices for policing reform, and meets regularly with the public at-large for insights on the impact of policing and perspectives on reform.”
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio previously condemned the notion of covering up a badge number or name, calling it “absolutely inappropriate.”
“The whole notion of why there is badge number and a name to begin with, was, many years ago, determined to help create trust,” Hizzoner said back in June.
NYC outdoor dining plan permanent, ‘year-round’
New York City’s al fresco dining program that was launched in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic lockdown will become a permanent part of the Big Apple, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday.
The decision came amid mounting pressure from the City Council and the city’s struggling restaurants and bars for City Hall to release rules for outdoor dining in the winter, with indoor dining likely to remain significantly limited for the foreseeable future.
“In the midst of this crisis, some really good and powerful things happened. And that was particularly true in the restaurant industry,” Hizzoner told WNYC radio host Brian Lehrer.
“We will make the Open Restaurants initiative permanent and year-round,” he added. “I want us to really take this model and make it part of the life of New York City for years and generations to come. This has been, I think, an extraordinarily positive experiment.”
The Open Restaurant program allows bars and restaurants, which have been devastated by the closures, to claim portions of the sidewalk and curb parking outside their establishments to set up tables and chairs for drink and food service.
The program was launched as the coronavirus forced a months-long closure of indoor dining to slow the spread of COVID-19 during the initial outbreak in the spring that left more than 23,000 New Yorkers dead.
“Outdoor dining has transformed New York City’s streetscape for the better and has been a critical lifeline for thousands of small businesses and jobs throughout the five boroughs during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Andrew Rigie, head of the Hospitality Alliance, which represents many city restaurants and bars.
“Today’s announcement to make outdoor dining permanent, to allow the use of heat lamps to keep customers warm outside during the cooler months, and to allow restaurants to utilize adjacent space where feasible so they can accommodate more guests and generate much-needed revenue is a major step to rebuilding a stronger, more resilient and livable city,” he added.
Under the new rules, eateries and bars will be allowed to set up tents outside to help shield patrons from New York’s harsh winters, but the state’s 25 percent rule on dining capacity will apply if the tents are enclosed.
Additionally, establishments will also be able to set up electric heaters on the sidewalks and roadways to help patrons stay warm. Natural gas and propane-fueled devices will only be allowed on the sidewalks.
City Hall said the Fire Department will roll out a permitting process for propane heaters before the end of the month.
A spokesman also said there may be adjustments to the rules surrounding natural gas heater installations, which currently require Buildings Department permission and for the systems to be tied into an establishment’s gas service.
Indoor dining is set to make a limited return at just 25 percent capacity at the end of the month.
Nancy Pelosi still doesn’t think Biden should debate Trump
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is standing by her statement that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden should not debate President Trump.
Speaking to CBS’ “This Morning” Friday, Pelosi (D-Calif.) made the comments when asked if she still stood by her assertion in August that the former vice president should not take part in any of the three scheduled presidential debates.
“I do, not that I don’t think he’ll be excellent, I just think that the president has no fidelity to fact or truth,” the California Democrat said, adding that she believes the commander-in-chief also lacks “fidelity to the Constitution of the United States.”
“Why bother?” Pelosi asked. “He doesn’t tell the truth.”
In August, the House Speaker told reporters during a press briefing, “I don’t think that there should be any debates,” Pelosi volunteered at the end of a press briefing.
She continued that she did not want anyone to “legitimize a conversation with [Trump]” because he lacked “any association with truth.”
Asked during her interview Friday about her longtime feud with the president, Pelosi argued that their differences were, in one way, helpful to her.
“Well, I don’t care what he says about me. Every knock from him is a boost for me. If he wants to help me raise money, he can keep knocking me,” she said, adding, “I’m speaking the truth. Our Constitution is at the mercy of people who have no allegiance to the Constitution of the United States.”
For his part, Biden has said he is not taking Pelosi’s advice on this issue.
After Pelosi’s comments circulated in August, the 2020 Democrat said that while he did intend to debate Trump, “very competent people” had urged him not to do so without a fact-checker on stage.
“I’ve been recommended to me by a number of very competent people who know their way around, including leading Republicans, that I shouldn’t debate Trump unless there’s a fact-checker on the ground … saying ‘That’s true,’ ‘That’s not true.’ But look, I think everybody knows this man has a somewhat pathological tendency not to tell the truth,” he told MSNBC at the time.
The former vice president continued that “as long as the Commission [on Presidential Debates] continues down the straight and narrow as they have, I’m going to debate him.”
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