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Brooklyn Today October 26: Police Having Sex With Person in Custody Should Be a Crime, Says Pol

October 26, 2017 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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THE LEDE: Happy Thursday, Brooklyn! Flatbush Avenue is set to become less crowded, a local pol says it should be illegal for cops to have sex with people in custody, and we take a tour of Nostrand Avenue in Bed-Stuy. Plus, a well that may date to the American Revolution was found in Boerum Hill, Albuquerque, New Mexico has a corrupt police department, and we advise on the appropriate age to stop trick or treating. Finally, a 5-year-old was left alone in the woods for 24 hours, climate change is disrupting the production of olive oil, and an 11-foot alligator tries to cross the road. And did you know the Queen owns a McDonald’s outside of London?
IMPRINT: Cate Blanchett and Chris Hemsworth dress to impress on theNovember cover of Vogue Australia.

The Rundown
~FLATBUSH AVENUE CONGESTION PLAN TO BE TESTED: Double parking and deliveries along busy Flatbush Avenue during rush hours snarl up traffic all the way to Manhattan, and now the city is testing a possible solution. The avenue, one of Brooklyn’s most congested commercial corridors, is one of three thoroughfares targeted by Mayor Bill de Blasio in a series of initiatives designed to ease congestion citywide. The mayor said on Monday that both he and city Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg have gotten stuck on Flatbush on the way to the Manhattan Bridge and City Hall. For six months beginning in January 2018, the city will ban curbside loading on both sides of Flatbush — from Grand Army Plaza to Tillary Street — during peak hours (7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.). This section of Flatbush cuts through Downtown BrooklynPark Slope and Prospect Heights(via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
~POL: POLICE HAVING SEX WITH PERSON IN CUSTODY SHOULD BE A CRIME: South Brooklyn councilmember Mark Treyger drafted a bill to make it a crime for police to have sex with people they stop after accusations arose of two officers raping an 18-year-old woman in Coney Island. “Our laws regarding sexual consent must be brought into line with basic common sense, empathy, and human decency,” said Treyger. It is against NYPD policy for officers to have sex on duty, thus the officers were demoted and stripped of their guns and shields, but the behavior is not illegal. Despite the two officers saying the sex was consensual, Treyger hopes offenders in the future will be criminally charged for similar conduct. “The abuse of power exercised by these two detectives rattles the foundations of positive police-community relations that the law enforcement community has been working to build,” Treyger said.(via NYDN)
~NOSTRAND AVENUE ODYSSEY, PART 3: CASTLES AND OTHER BED-STUY EYE CANDY: We walked along busy Nostrand Avenue from south to north, from the intersection of Emmons Avenue in Sheepshead Bay to the intersection of Flushing Avenue at the edge of Bed-Stuy. The eight-mile distance is walkable in a single day, but if you stop to take photos of interesting buildings you’ll run out of daylight before you’re done. So we split our stroll into three segments. We’ve already published our accounts of thefirst and second parts of the Nostrand Avenue odyssey, which took us through Sheepshead BayMarine ParkMidwoodFlatlandsEast FlatbushProspect-Lefferts Gardens and Crown Heights. Today we want to show you some of the fine sights to be seen on the third and final leg of the journey. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
~HISTORIC WATERING HOLE FOUND IN BOERUM HILL: It’s not a new bar in Brooklyn, but a four-story watering hole was found on a Boerum Hillintersection that could date back to the American Revolution. The city was preparing the area near Pacific Street and Bond Street for a new pedestrian ramp when they dug up the well-preserved well. “This is very unusual, it’s revolutionary in more ways than one,” said Boerum Hill resident Bill Harris. The city is expected to investigate the history of the hole that could have possibly survived British occupation after the Battle of Brooklyn. Harris and other community members are brainstorming how to inform passersby to guard the well, hoping it ends up in a museum. (via Brooklyn Paper)
~SLAIN COP HONORED WITH BAY RIDGE STREET NAMING: Beloved neighborhood patrolman David Guttenberg received a long-overdue recognition on Oct. 21, as 86th Street and Battery Avenue in Bay Ridge was co-named in his memory. A sea of NYPD blue stretched as far as the eye could see, all of whom came to pay homage to a fallen comrade who was remembered for his good deeds. City Councilmember Vincent Gentile, who introduced the legislation for the street naming, welcomed elected officials, family, friends and NYPD members. Gentile thanked Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner James O’Neil for supporting the effort to honor Guttenberg. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Bulletin Board
***The Mayor is failing on education! Nicole Malliotakis’ plan to fix our schools: 1.) Enhance school safety by returning metal detectors to schools 2.) Ed consultant contracts require heavier scrutiny. 3.) Career / Technical Training Programs (CTE) expansion. 4.) More authority for CECs, PTAs, and SLTs. 5.) Specialized high schools should remain merit-based 6.) Technology & Financial Literacy education. To read the full policy paper click herePaid for by Nicole for New York City***

Staff Picks:    
LONG READ: Albuquerque, New Mexico’s police department is corrupt, and changes aren’t being made. Here’s what happens when the police “refuse to reform.” (via Huffington Post)
ANOTHER LONG READ: “On Safari in Trump’s America” (via The Atlantic)
LISTEN: Hear Vanity Fair special correspondent and author of War at the Wall Street Journal Sarah Ellison talk about news cycles(via Longform)
HALLOWEEN: At what age should one stop trick or treating? It’s a gray area.(via Time)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: A 5-year-old boy was left alone in the Mississippi woods for 24 hours…Watch Arizona Senator Jeff Flake’s historic speech on the Senate floor…And an 11-foot alligator tries to cross the road in Louisiana. (via Time, CNBC and USA Today)                              
FOREIGN FLASH: Climate change is disrupting the production of olive oil…An Israeli auction house sells Albert Einstein’s happiness theory for $1.56 million…And the Italian cities of Milan and Turin are undergoing a smog crisis(via NYT, USA Today and WaPo)

Did you know the Queen owns a McDonald’s outside of London? (via Fox News)


10:00AM — Playdough Playtime at The Cobra Club. Details.
10:00AM — Older Adult Wellness — “Sit Down to Get Down!” at Carroll Gardens Library. Details.
10:15AM — Positive Aging: My Yoga Community at Dyker Library. Details.
1:00PM – 6:00PM — The Tug at FiveMyles. Details.
2:00PM – 7:00PM — Kimberly Mayhorn: Transcend at Open Source Gallery.Details.
6:30PM — Book Talk: The Second Coming of the KKK at Brooklyn Historical Society. Details.  
7:00PM — The Crown Heights Film Festival at FiveMyles. Details.
7:00PM – 11:00PM — Mummy Masquerade at Brooklyn Museum. Details.
7:30PM — Virago-Man Dem at BAM Fishman Space. Details.
7:30PM — boulders and bones at BAM Harvey Theater. Details.

 EAGLE SPORTS: The Brooklyn Nets were just under six minutes away from completing an inspiring and unexpected three-game winning streak sinceJeremy Lin went down for the season with a gruesome Opening Night knee injury. Then, reality finally set in. Brooklyn squandered a six-point lead down the stretch after leading by as many as 12 points earlier in the second half, suffering a gut-wrenching 125-121 loss to the Orlando Magic Tuesday night in front of 16,015 fans at the Amway Center. “Disappointed. We had our opportunities,” Brooklyn’s second-year head coach Kenny Atkinson lamented after his squad surrendered a whopping 38 points over the final 12 minutes. “Obviously, we had a lot of open looks. It’s a make-or-miss league.” (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)


Happy birthday to CM Punk, Tom Cavanaugh, Hillary Clinton, Sasha Cohen, Nick Collison, Cary Elwes, Miikka Kiprusoff, Dylan McDermott, Natalie Merchant, James Pickens Jr., Jeff Probst, Ivan Reitman, Pat Sajak, Julian Schnabel, Jaclyn Smith and Keith Urban!

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