Jersey CityNews By Jeannette Josue – February 8, 2017 10:40 am 0 Facebook Twitter Previous articlePolice: Jersey City teen caught breaking into car on JFK Boulevard in BayonneNext articleKearny police investigating unfounded bomb threat at high school Jeannette Josue RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Bayonne man pepper sprayed, arrested after punching cop in the face, authorities say Bayonne Police: 45-year-old man arrested for attempting to have sex with 15-year-old girl in Secaucus Crime Bayonne TAGSJersey City State of CIty addressjersey city ward fmayor steven Fulop SHARE CarePoint Health reaches deal for Cigna Health Insurance to join their network Fulop talks affordable housing, safety, job creation at Ward F State of City address Hundreds attended the first of six State of the City addresses by Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, where he focused on affordable housing, public safety and economic revitalization specific to Ward F.[fve]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6AT2O09zeQ[/fve]â€œThis neighborhood has long been a forgotten place and the level of neglect that can been seen took decades to occur. Many of these issues wonâ€™t be solved overnight or even in one single mayoral term, however I truly believe we are starting to lay the framework that will revive the community,â€ stated Fulop.The beginning of his 40-minute address was about how his administration has generally improved the quality of life in Jersey City, beginning with the unemployment rate being the â€œlowest rate itâ€™s been in 25 years.â€The creation of 7,000 jobs, and over 600 new small business open in Jersey City made Jersey City number one for jobs and business creations in the entire state of New Jersey.The mayor also talked about developments in the south and west side of Jersey City.â€œFor the first time in decades we are seeing developments occur in Journal Square. Something that past administrations has promised to do time and time again and finally it actually happened.â€Fulop also emphasized inclusivity by announcing the increase in affordable housing units and housing for homeless veterans including the 21 priority veteran units as part of the Ocean Avenue Project in 2017.â€œWe were in the first in New Jersey to take Michelle Obamaâ€™s challenge to end veteran homelessness,â€ the mayor, a U.S. Marine veteran, proudly stated.Also included in his address was how Jersey City has served as a model for many socially conscious policies.Fulop mentioned enacting the paid sick leave legislation, increasing minimum wage to $15 an hour for municipal workers, transit inclusive coverage to city employees and a nationwide model for the prisoner reentry program.Additionally, Fulop touted the executive order he signed to establish Jersey City as a sanctuary city.The residents in Ward F were also happy to hear that there will not be an increase in municipal taxes for the fourth year in the row.There were also a loud applause for the increase of the number of police officers from 779 to 922 when Fulop began his administration.Along the lines of public safety, the mayor also explained that recruits are now spending their first month of training integrating and learning about the community they will be serving.â€œMany policy officers have been placed in the south and west districts on the walking posts on the south side of the city to start their career. The most recent class spent a month with the communities they will soon be serving,” explained Fulop.“This is the first time recruits has begun their training this way by being immersed in their community.Furthermore, he pointed out that 70 percent of the recruited officers since 2013 have been minorities so that the police department will represent the diverse composition of the city.The installation of 200 CCTVâ€™s has also begun starting with the south and west districts.As for Jersey City being a nationwide model for prisoner reentry, Fulop stated that Martinâ€™s Place is â€œproviding a second chance for previously incarcerated residents should be a major priority for urban cities everywhere, because when we work to break the cycle of recidivism, in positive and productive ways, we help build stronger individuals, stronger families and ultimately stronger communities.â€As for Jersey City youths, aside from improving the quality of education by regaining close to full local control of public school education, the creation of Dr. Maya Angelou school, the first new public school over a decade, the mayor also mentioned the youth employment and enrichment programs available to 1,000 students a year during the summer.There are also 30 new recreation programs made available by adding an additional $1 million to the city budget to expand the recreation programs which includes engineering workshops and homework assistance.Liberty Science Center will also be expanding. Sci Tech City, a $280 million project, will feature â€œa bio tech lab, coding lab, technology business incubator and a K-12 stem focused public school.As for Ward F, the mayor pointed out that programming has been made available to everyone of all ages and used the Bethune Center as a prime example. Residents can now come to the center for salsa, drama and art lessons.Fulop also referenced the improvements with open space with Berry Lane Park and the redesign of Fulton Avenue Park.Also specific to Bergen/Lafayette area is the mayorâ€™s focus on improving resident life, with an approved project that will create 54 units of affordable housing right at the hub and, if approved later this month, an ordinance that will strengthen city rules against door-to-door solicitation.This ordinance will establish a â€œno knockâ€ registry that will safe guard the privacy of homeowners.Fulop concluded his address with the topic of economic revitalization in Ward F. He spoke about the City Hall Annex, a $20 million project specifically designed to bring in 300 city jobs and is expected to attract more small business and restaurants.In April of this year, there will also be the opening of the Baker Building which will be the first major private residential development in Ward F in decades.â€œAs we look to the future please know that we will continue to act with personal care attention and offering everything we have to creating one Jersey City that affords resources and success to all our residents,â€ stated the mayor towards the end of his address which was then followed by a standing ovation from the attending public.The mayor has scheduled five additional State of the City addresses, all commencing at 6:30 p.m.â€¢ Ward A, Thursday, February 9th, Cityline Church, 1510 John F. Kennedy Boulevardâ€¢ Ward B, Thursday, February 23rd, St. Aloysius Academy, 721 West Side Avenueâ€¢ Ward C, Monday, February 27th, Franklin L. Williams M.S. 7, 222 Laidlaw Avenueâ€¢ Ward D, Thursday, March 2, Christa McAuliffe School P.S. 28, 167 Hancock Avenueâ€¢ Ward E, Tuesday, March 7th, Grace Church Van Vorst, 39 Erie Street
DNY59/iStockBy Julia Jacobo, ABC News(MINNEAPOLIS) — Law enforcement colleagues of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin largely have disagreed with the actions he took to restrain George Floyd.Several current and former members of law enforcement have testified in the trial of Chauvin, who faces charges of manslaughter, second-degree murder and third-degree murder in Floyd’s death.Here’s what they’ve said so far:Chauvin’s supervisor: Knees can be used as a restraint only until a subject is handcuffed and under controlSgt. David Pleoger, now retired, had been Chauvin’s supervisor since 2008 and was working as his supervisor on the night of May 25, the day Floyd died.Pleoger was first notified of the incident from 911 dispatcher Jena Scurry, who testified on Day 1 of the trial that she called him after sensing that something was wrong while watching the incident unfold on a fixed police camera.After Pleoger spoke to Scurry, he called Chauvin on his cell phone.“I was going to call you and have you come out to our scene here,” Chauvin is heard saying to Pleoger in footage from his body camera played in court. “We just had to hold the guy down. He was going crazy … wouldn’t go in the back of the squad.”Chauvin then turned his body camera off, which Pleoger testified is allowed by department policy at that point because it was a private conversation.When Pleoger arrived on the scene, he is seen in his own body camera footage telling Chauvin to gather the witnesses, to which Chauvin replied that would try but that the witnesses were “hostile.”Pleoger testified that he, Chauvin and former officer Tou Thao, the officer on the scene who monitored the bystanders, went to the hospital.It wasn’t until the former officers were notified that Floyd had died that Pleoger began asking Chauvin more questions and learned that he had restrained Floyd by kneeling on his neck. Chauvin did not say how long he kept Floyd in that position, Pleoger said.Pleoger said that department policy did allow officers to use a knee to restrain a subject but only until that subject is handcuffed and under control.“When Mr. Floyd was no longer offering up any resistance from the officers, they could have ended the restraint,” Pleoger said.Department homicide unit chief: Subjects need to get off their chest ‘as soon as possible’Lt. Richard Zimmerman, head of the homicide department for the Minneapolis Police Department, testified that he has the most seniority of any officer in the department.When Minnesota Assistant Attorney General Matthew Frank asked Zimmerman whether he had been trained to kneel on the neck of someone who is handcuffed, Zimmerman responded, “No. If your knee is on a person’s neck, that can kill them.”Zimmerman added, “Once a person is cuffed, the threat level goes down all the way. They’re cuffed. How can they really hurt you?”Frank also asked Zimmerman what Minnesota Police officers are trained to do when they have someone in the prone position, when they are lying on their stomachs.“Once you handcuff someone, you need to get them out of the prone position as soon as possible because it restricts their breathing,” Zimmerman answered. “You need them off their chest.”Zimmerman was among a group of 14 Minneapolis Police officers who signed an open letter to the community in June condemning Chauvin’s actions.Police Chief Medaria Arradondo: Chauvin’s actions ‘certainly not part of our ethics and values’Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo testified that it was close to midnight on May 25 when one of his deputy chiefs alerted him that Floyd had died.Prosecutor Steve Schleicher pressed Arradondo on whether Chauvin’s actions followed department policies. Arradondo replied that applying “that level of force” administered to a person in the prone position and handcuffed behind their back is “in no way, shape or form” part of department policy.“It is not part of our training, and it is certainly not part of our ethics or values,” Arradondo said.Inspector Katie Blackwell: Chauvin used an ‘improvised position’ on FloydMinneapolis Police Department Inspector Katie Blackwell, who was in charge of training at the time of Floyd’s death, testified that she’s known Chauvin for 20 years and even selected him to be a field training officer at one point.When Schleicher showed Blackwell a still from a video taking by witness Darnella Frazier in which Chauvin is seen kneeling on Floyd’s neck, he asked whether it was a training technique taught by the department when she was overseeing that unit.“It is not,” Blackwell responded.When Schleicher asked, “Why not,” Blackwell noted that it was an “improvised position.”“I don’t know what kind of improvised position that is,” she said. “It’s not what we train.”Department crisis intervention coordinator: ‘Immediate goal’ of officers should be seeking medical attention for persons in crisisMinneapolis Police Department Sgt. Ker Yang, a 24-year veteran of the department who currently serves as its crisis intervention training coordinator, testified that Chauvin participated in a 40-hour crisis intervention course in 2016 in which officers are given opportunities to recognize a person who may be in crisis and how to deal with them.The department’s critical decision-making model includes applications for use of force and crisis training, Yang said.Yang explained that a “crisis” could be a situation “that is beyond a person’s coping mechanism, and beyond that, what is beyond their control.”“Sometimes they don’t know what to do,” Yang said. “And we train them to assist a person to bring them back down to their pre-crisis level.”Yang stated that it’s important for officers to reassess whether circumstances change during a situation, adding that if the person in crisis is in need of medical attention, it should “be the immediate goal” for officers to help provide it.During training, it’s common “to slow things down and re-eval and reassess” going through the model, Yang said.“I provide this training because I believe it does — it works,” Yang said.When a defense attorney emphasized that a crisis includes people other than the suspect, including bystanders who could also present a threat, Yang agreed that the risk to the officer is greater as the intensity of the crisis grows.Yang also said this could mean that there are multiple crises happening simultaneously, as well as the fact that a crisis that may “look bad” to a bystander may still be a lawful necessity.Use-of-force instructor: A knee to the neck is not a trained restraintLt. Johnny Mercil, a use-of-force instructor at the Minneapolis Police Department, developed an annual in-service training program that Chauvin took in 2018.Mercil testified that when trying to control a subject, officers are trained to apply the concept of “proportionality,” which is to “use the lowest level of force possible to meet those objectives” in order to keep all parties safe.As the level of resistance increases, the level of force can subsequently increase, Mercil said.Officers are trained to de-escalate situations as the level of resistance decreases and are trained to know that some parts of the body are more prone to injury, such as the neck and the head, Mercil said.Minneapolis Police Department policy includes two types of neck restraints, which are done by “slowing the blood flow to and from the brain, with the intent to gain control of the subject,” Mercil said.The conscious neck restraint involves wrapping somebody up but leaving the subject conscious, Mercil said, adding that this method often works to gain compliance. The unconscious neck restraint involves applying pressure until the person who is not complying becomes unconscious and “therefore compliant,” Mercil explained.When prosecutors showed Mercil a photo of Chauvin with his knee on Floyd’s neck, Mercil stated that the technique shown is not and has never been an authorized restraint technique taught by the Minneapolis Police Department.Mercil added that while the technique Chauvin used is not technically an unauthorized use of force under the department’s policy, he believes the technique wouldn’t be authorized because Floyd was under control and handcuffed.When questioned by the defense, Mercil said that while department training does teach the use of body weight to control a subject, they also “tell officers to stay away from the neck when possible, and if you’re going to use body weight to pin, to put it on their shoulder and be mindful of position.”When shown images of different angles of Floyd’s arrest, Mercil stated that the image did not appear to show a neck restraint but rather a prone hold that an officer may apply with his knee. Mercil also agreed that the still images at one point appear to show Chauvin’s shin to be across Floyd’s shoulder blade.Mercil later said that he did not believe it would be appropriate to hold a subject in that prone restraint position for an extended period, especially after the subject stopped resisting or didn’t have a pulse.Mercil joined the department in 1996 as a cadet. He is currently on medical leave.Department medical support officer: Officers are trained to begin CPR immediately if they don’t detect a pulseNicole Mackenzie is the department’s medical support officer and worked as an EMT before joining the police force, and she’s involved with the medical training officers receive. She testified that officers are trained to begin CPR immediately if there is no pulse detected on a subject.When Schleicher asked about a phrase officers are heard telling Floyd in the video — “If you can talk, you can breathe,” — Mackenzie replied: “That would be incomplete to say. Someone can be in respiratory distress and still able to vocalize it.”Mackenzie added, “Just because they can talk doesn’t mean they can breathe adequately.”LAPD use-of-force expert: Chauvin’s force ‘excessive’LAPD Sgt. Jody Stiger, a use-of-force expert hired by prosecutors, testified that the force Chauvin used was “excessive.”Stiger said officers initially were justified in using force against Floyd, when he was resisting getting in the back of the squad car, but “once he was placed in the prone position on the ground, he slowly ceased his resistance. At that point, the officers should have slowed down or stopped their force.”Stiger is expected to continue his testimony Wednesday morning.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.