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NYPD cops seek clarity on how to respond to tasing threat after Rayshard Brooks shooting – New York Post

June 19, 2020 | 10:22pm

A New York City police union wants to know how cops should respond to the threat of being tased after an officer in Atlanta was charged with murder for fatally shooting Taser-wielding Rayshard Brooks last week.

The Sergeants Benevolent Association penned a letter to NYPD Commissioner Dermott Shea Friday asking for clear guidance should a similar situation arise.

Currently, NYPD officers are trained that deadly physical force is acceptable when staring down a Taser.

“We respectfully request that the department issue a clear directive answering the following question: if threatened with the use of a [conducted electrical weapon] or Taser, are officers authorized to use deadly force to protect themselves and/or others?” wrote SBA President Ed Mullins.

Brooks, 27, was shot by Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe during a foot chase following a field sobriety test in the parking lot of a local Wendy’s restaurant last Friday.

Rolfe and a second officer, Devin Brosnan, chased Brooks after he grabbed one of their tasers and ran off.

Rolfe fired his gun, striking Brooks in the back as Brooks turned and pointed the stolen Taser back at him.

“While every case in which an officer employs deadly force has its own unique set of circumstances and legal intricacies, this highly publicized case has raised questions among NYPD officers as to how they should respond if they are threatened with a taser,” Mullins continued.

“Many NYPD officers have learned during their training that they are authorized to use deadly physical force if they are threatened with a Taser.”

Both Atlanta cops involved in the death of Brooks were fired and Rolfe could face a felony murder charge, Fulton County’s top prosecutors have said.

“Guidance and clarification is needed not only for insight regarding the criminal liability of officers moving forward, but for their safety and the safety of everyone involved in these potential situations,” Mullins wrote.

The NYPD did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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How brands should respond to protests and rising racial tensions – AdAge.com

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A reporter with Ad Age since 2015, Adrianne Pasquarelli covers the marketing strategies of retailers and financial institutions. She joined Ad Age after a dozen years of writing for Crain’s New York Business, where she also focused on the retail industry. Over the course of her career, she has won awards from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, the National Association of Real Estate Editors and the Jesse H. Neal Awards.

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Military could respond quickly to Minneapolis unrest, Trump says – Reuters

The military could deploy troops to Minneapolis ‘very quickly’ to respond to violent protests, President Trump said, in the aftermath of a police officer killing an unarmed black man.

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Steelers respond to James Harrison’s claim that Mike Tomlin handed him ‘an envelope’ after violent 2010 hit – CBS Sports

James Harrison recently stirred the pot when he said that he received an envelope from Steelers coach Mike Tomlin to supposedly cover a fine that he had received from the NFL back in 2010. Harrison, the Steelers’ all-time career leader in sacks, had been fined $75,000 for a hit on former Browns receiver Mohamed Massaquoi. On Thursday evening, Steelers president Art Rooney II responded to Harrison’s claim

“I am very certain nothing like this ever happened,” Rooney said, via Joe Rutter of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “I have no idea why James would make a comment like this but there is simply no basis for believing anything like this.”

Harrison’s longtime agent, Bill Parise, echoed Rooney’s sentiments when asked about Harrison’s claim. 

“Absolutely not. Never happened,” Parise told the Tribune-Review. “I would have known that. It didn’t happen.”

Harrison made the comments during a recent appearance on the “Going Deep” podcast with Willie Colon, Harrison’s former teammate in Pittsburgh. Harrison said that, shortly after being fined by the league for his hit on Massaquoi, Tomlin provided him with some assistance. 

“I’m not going to say what, but he handed me an envelope after that,” Harrison said. 

Harrison’s relationship with Tomlin turned sour during the end of Harrison’s time with the Steelers. Harrison, frustrated over a lack of playing time, was granted his release late in the 2017 season. Harrison quickly signed with the Patriots, helping New England win the AFC title before retiring during the 2018 offseason. 

In retirement, Harrison has been critical of Tomlin on numerous occasions, specifically as it relates to how Tomlin handled the situations surrounding former Steelers Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown.

Despite his unceremonious ending in Pittsburgh, Harrison returned for the 10th anniversary of the Steelers’ 2008 championship team. The league’s Defensive Player of the Year that season, Harrison’s 100-yard interception return for a score helped the Steelers defeat the Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII. 

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