The two police ambulances had barely cleared the Woodhull Medical Center ramp, carrying the bodies of officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos. Then down the slope came Pat Lynch, the president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, taking up a position in front of the TV cameras and making this tragic night in Brooklyn even worse. "There's blood on many hands tonight," Lynch roared. "Those that incited violence on the street under the guise of protest, that tried to tear down what New York City police officers did every day — we tried to warn it must not go on, it cannot be tolerated. That blood on the hands starts on the steps of City Hall, in the office of the mayor."
On Friday night, somewhere between 50 and 100 people gathered outside of New York's City Hall for a not-so-hotly-anticipated pro-cop rally. Organizers of the event, which was put together via the Thank You NYPD Facebook page (25,011 likes), told the Village Voice that it was not intended to be a rebuke to the almost daily protests against the Eric Garner decision and other cases of police brutality. Rather, they said, it was "a support group for the 35,000 men and women who are doing their very best to keep this city in order." The behavior (not to mention clothing) of the people who showed up for the demonstration suggested otherwise.
The NYPD officer who repeatedly punched a teen suspect has been taken off duty. In YouTube video posted earlier this week, the cop — identified by New York Daily News as the 7th Precinct's John McDevitt — can be seen running up to Denzel Funderburk and hitting him hard in the torso, even though the 16-year-old was pinned to a car by three other officers and appears to have already been handcuffed.
On Friday afternoon, the FBI released a statement saying that there was definitive proof that the North Korean government was behind the Sony hack. (Others have their doubts.) North Korea begs to differ! On Saturday morning, a spokesperson for the North Korean foreign ministry once again denied his country's involvement in the cyber-attack and offered to help the United States find out who was really responsible for the surreal death of The Interview.
U.S. officials finally confirmed today that they believe North Korea was behind the Sony Pictures hack that led the studio to pull The Interview from theaters. Blaming the North Koreans is convenient, as it makes sense that they would be outraged by a film about the assassination of dictator Kim Jong-un, and Sony can argue that it stood little chance against a foreign government's team of hackers. However, many don't buy that a country with limited technological capabilities would be capable of such an attack and wonder why North Korea has repeatedly denied any connection to it (after all, it's a country that's fond of threatening to turn enemy nations into a "sea of flames").
Though not quite as devastating as Target's recent 40 million-wide violation, as many as 1.2 million credit cards may have been compromised by malware on Staples' systems over two months this summer. The breach is said to affect 1,400 stores, either between July 20 and September 16, or from August 10 to September 16, depending upon location. To help
teachers consumers deal with the fallout, Staples says it's offering identity theft protection and credit monitoring, among other services.
The St. Louis prosecutor in charge of former police officer Darren Wilson's grand jury investigation decided to put his foot in his mouth and chomp down Friday, when he defended allowing lying witnesses to appear before the grand jury. "Clearly some were not telling the truth," Robert McCulloch said, adding that they won't face legal repercussions. After hearing conflicting testimonies, the grand jury decided to not pursue charges against Wilson.