NEW YORK – The New York Police Department said Friday it’s under investigation for a second restraint-related death, this one involving a drugged, emotionally disturbed man four days before a fatal videotaped chokehold that fueled community outcry and led the department to overhaul its use-of-force training.
The medical examiner’s office cited physical restrain by police as a factor in the July 13 death of Ronald Singleton, who went into cardiac arrest in an ambulance and died on the way to a hospital. It ruled his death a homicide.
The police department is cooperating with the Manhattan district attorney’s office, which is leading the investigation into Singleton’s death, a police spokesman said.
Iceland raises flight alarm after eruption
Icelandic authorities briefly raised the aviation warning code to red Friday after a small fissure eruption near Bardarbunga volcano, but no volcanic ash was detected by the radar system.
The eruption took place at the Holuhraun lava field, three miles north of Dyngjujoekull glacier, Iceland’s Meteorological Office said. The event was described as being not highly explosive – and thus not producing much of the fine ash that can affect aircraft engines.
McConnell manager leaves amid scandal
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s campaign manager resigned amid fallout from a scandal in Iowa involving a presidential campaign he worked for in 2012. Jesse Benton said he didn’t want to become a distraction as McConnell tries to win a tough re-election campaign in Kentucky.
Benton’s resignation, effective Saturday, comes barely two months before Kentucky voters choose between McConnell, a five-term incumbent and the top-ranking Senate Republican, and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes.
Colorado elk slaying garners probation
A former Boulder, Colorado, police officer convicted of killing a treasured bull elk has been sentenced to four years of probation.
Sam Carter, 37, also was ordered Friday to complete 200 hours of community service and serve on a work crew for 30 days. Carter was on duty when he killed the elk known as Big Boy on New Year’s Day 2013.
Leader of Cold War spy ring dies at 77
John Walker Jr., a former American sailor convicted during the Cold War of leading a family spy ring for the Soviet Union, has died in a prison hospital in North Carolina, officials said. He was 77.
His brother Arthur J. Walker, who made $12,000 for selling classified documents to Soviet agents, died in the same prison in July.