A few days before Halloween in 1984 Eleanor Bumpurs pulled a knife on NYPD officers when she was being evicted from her apartment. Officer Steven Sullivan fired 2 shots from his 12 gage shot gun. One pellet struck Bumpers in the hand and the other nine struck her in the chest. killing her. Sullivan was tried and acquitted in 1987, but in 1990 the city put and end to all legal proceedings relating to the case by agreeing to pay the Bumpurs family $200,000, indicating culpability on their part but not directly admitting guilt.
Saturday, April 26, 2014
To Serve Protect & Break A ______'s Neck
Last weekend I watched the Spike Lee classic "Do The Right Thing" and it brought back at lot of memories. Lee did a remarkable job in capturing that particular moment in time,1989. Those year's were pivotal for both me and New York City. I turned 18, graduated high school, and got my drivers license. I grew up in the eighties, and came of age in New York in the eighties. It was a decade in which police brutality seemed to make front page news almost every year with its victims receiving little or no justice, or peace. Here are just a few of their stories.