A Kingston man with a long rap sheet for drug crimes is facing felony charges after he allegedly fired several shots on a downtown street Tuesday morning.
The honorees included a sharp-eyed patrolman who helped detectives swiftly crack a murder case and a trio of officers credited with saving a heart attack victim.
A simmering dispute between Kingston’s rank-and-file police officers and City Hall burst into public view last week when the Kingston Police Benevolent Association issued a letter accusing Mayor Steve Noble of “political grandstanding” in his handling of two recent allegations of police misconduct.
Kingston PBA breaks silence; boarding house is not a boutique hotel.
About 25 protestors marched on City Hall last week to protest a police commission decision that cleared officers involved in a 2015 tasing incident and to demand greater transparency and accountability from city police.
A recently minted activist group is calling on the Kingston Common Council to hold off approval for any new police contract that fails to include new language governing drug and alcohol testing for officers, and indemnification for cops’ off-duty actions.
‘If kids know what’s expected of them and what to expect from us, it helps diffuse some of the anxiety they’re feeling.’
Mayor Steve Noble this week had to walk back a promise to provide written decisions in police discipline cases, after city attorneys told him that doing so would violate state civil service law.
“I appreciate and respect our community police. I just want those officers who disregard their duty and who harass, injure, and harm black members of our community to be held responsible.”
The circumstances of Anthony Garro Jr.’s demise, beaten to death beneath a bridge known as a hangout for homeless alcoholics, were a long way from his beginnings as the beloved adopted son of an Ivy League-educated scientist and academic and a special education teacher who struggled to help him overcome the aftereffects of alcohol-related brain damage done to him in utero.