Thousands join ‘I am a Muslim too’ rally in Times Square, with many carrying signs in disapproval of the Donald J. Trump administration. Many rally participants carried home-made sign to take their solidarity with each other to the streets.
I Am A Muslim Too Rally amongst the dignitaries and speakers were Susan Sarandon, Russell Simmons, and New York City First-Lady, Chirlane McCray. Prominently showing support for the Muslim community were many from New York’s Jewish community.
Steven McDonald, a New York City Police officer, who was shot and paralyzed from the neck down thirty-years ago by a 15-year-old boy in Central Park, died on Tuesday in Manhasset, N.Y. He was 59.
Detective McDonald was hospitalized four days earlier after suffering a heart attack in his home in the village of Malverne in Nassau County, New York. McDonald’s death was caused by complications from the July 12, 1986 shooting, which left him a quadriplegic. McDonald’s death, at North Shore University Hospital, was announced by Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill.
McDonald remained in the public’s eye for many years after his tragic injury and he later forgave his assailant: McDonald hoped for the youth’s redemption. McDonald’s assailant was arrested, and as a juvenile offender, convicted of attempted murder of a police officer. McDonald’s assailant served eight and half years in prison before his parole in 1995: he faced ten years under guidelines for sentencing juvenile offenders. Four days after his parole, the assailant died of head injuries he sustained the previous day in a speeding motorcycle crash.
McDonald is survived by his wife Patricia, his only son Conor, who is currently a New York City police sergeant, and his father, a retired New York City police sergeant.
On Friday, January 13, 2017, a funeral mass was held for Office Steven McDonald at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, with Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan the main celebrant.
Please follow this link to images of those who came to pay their respect outside the cathedral.
The last New York City Police Academy graduation of 2016, was held today at Madison Square Garden. Mayor Bill de Blasio and Commissioner James P. O’Neill addressed the rookies and welcomed them to the force, which they will join immediately after the ceremony as probationary police officers.
Among the 555 graduates was Officer Paradine, who served in the United States Marine Corps and is a Purple Heart recipient. Paradine was deployed in Afghanistan when an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated and wounded the former Marine. Also graduating this day were 143 Latinos from the New York City area. The graduating class was just in time for deployment to the New Year’s Eve celebrations in Times Square.
Please follow the link to a small photos gallery of the graduating class.