In New York, death of another officer kindles deeper debate

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A semiautomatic handgun fished by New York police divers from a riverbed in Upper Manhattan over the weekend was the weapon used to kill Police Officer Randolph Holder last week, forensic tests have confirmed. NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Asked Monday about Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposed reforms of the bail system and the diversion courts in the wake of the fatal shooting of an NYPD officer, Gov.NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Observances are set to be held in every borough Monday night in a display of solidarity for the NYPD officer who was shot and killed last week in East Harlem. Investigators tracking the history of the .40-caliber Glock handgun have so far traced it to a purchase in 2008 in South Carolina, among the Southern states making up a so-called iron pipeline of guns flowing north illegally, officials said at a news conference on Monday.

Andrew Cuomo delivered anything but a ringing endorsement. “I think when it comes to alternatives to incarceration, I have supported alternatives to incarceration all my life,” Cuomo told reporters, including WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb, at Chelsea Piers. We have to work together because we have to live together.” Tyrone Howard, 30, is charged with first-degree murder and robbery in connection with Holder’s death. Davis, the Police Department’s chief spokesman. “And after those tests, we’ve made a determination that this is the weapon that we were looking for.

De Blasio was furious that Howard was sent to a drug rehabilitation program and not incarcerated after an arrest for allegedly selling crack cocaine last fall. The observance will start at 7 p.m. and be held for a total of 37 minutes — 33 minutes for each year of Holder’s life and an additional four minutes for the four NYPD officers killed in the line of duty during the past year. Davis said the police, working with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, were still trying to track the gun’s history to determine where it was originally bought, if it had been sold or stolen or used in any crimes, and how it made its way to the city.

Right now, New York is one of only three states where judges are not allowed to consider how dangerous a criminal is or their risk to public safety when determining bail, according to the mayor. Shell cases from the test firing were being compared with discharged cases police recovered on 120th Street next to Holder’s body in addition to the cases at 102nd Street where the first shots were fired, Aubry said. Teams of officers had been diving below the surface of the Harlem River to find the weapon they believed was thrown into the water last Tuesday night, when Officer Holder was fatally shot by a suspect fleeing along the promenade between the river and Franklin D. The gun is considered a prime piece of evidence in the case against Tyrone Howard, the man charged with shooting Officer Howard one time in the head, killing him. He wouldn’t have been roaming East Harlem on Tuesday and one of NYPD’s good, decent, hard-working cops would still be alive today,” de Blasio said.

At 30, Howard has been arrested more than two dozen times since he was 13 and sentenced to state prison twice since 2007 for drug possession and sale. Standing beside Chief O’Neill and other officers during the news conference at Police Headquarters, Detective Mortimer, a veteran diver, described the moment he spotted the weapon: He had one hand on a flashlight and the other on a rope that he and his partner were following as a guide along the river bottom.

They were raising Muhammad’s 12-year-old daughter together and wanted to have more children of their own. “We were told he was in surgery (after the shooting), and then a few minutes after, we were told by the commissioner that he didn’t make it. But after reviewing Howard’s record, troubled home life and longtime addiction, the judge agreed to refer his case for evaluation for drug court, where another judge OK’d Howard for the program.

Instead, she’s trying to honor his memory and is planning to start a nonprofit foundation and mentorship program in his name. “It’s the natural reaction for you to be angry, but I just want some good to come out of this, and I just want to honor him, and I just want his legacy to live on,” she said. An arrest warrant was issued Sept. 17, and police tried 10 times to locate him, authorities said. (TM and © Copyright 2015 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries.

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