NYPD cops face disciplinary charges over ‘George Floyd-style’ incident

An NYPD cop will face misconduct charges for putting his knee on a suspect’s neck — the same move that led to the controversial police death of George Floyd in Minnesota.

“The internal investigation is recommending discipline for several members of the Department involved in the incident. Charges are expected as early as next week,” the NYPD said in a statement Friday.

Officer Francisco Garcia was suspended pending an Internal Affairs Bureau probe after he was caught on camera violently subduing a suspect in the East Village on May 2.

Cellphone video shows Garcia, who was wearing street clothes, wielding a Taser as he shouts at bystanders as other cops confronted two men for allegedly violating coronavirus social-distancing rules near East 9th Street and Avenue D.

“Move the f–k back right now!” he was recorded saying.

“What you flexing for? Don’t flex!”

Garcia then holstered the Taser and grabbed an onlooker, wrestling him down and punching him in his head before using his knee to pin the man’s neck to the sidewalk, the video shows.

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office later deferred prosecution of the man — Donni Wright, 33 — on charges of assaulting a police officer, menacing and resisting arrest.

In addition to Garcia, at least two other cops are expected to face disciplinary charges over the incident, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Garcia has been sued seven times during the past six years, leading to more than $200,000 in settlements by the city, records show.

Following the May 2 incident, Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said there were “certainly some tactics that I was not happy with.”

“I think we got to be better and that’s what was most troubling to me,” Shea said.

“I would also like to remind you that de-escalation takes two, unfortunately.”

Garcia’s union, the Police Benevolent Association, didn’t immediately return a request for comment.

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Primary school rises to the challenge with small 'bubble' classrooms

Primary school rises to the challenge with small ‘bubble’ classrooms that have seen pupils attending for socially distant lessons for the last nine weeks

  • Schools across the country are coping with pupils and teachers social distancing
  • School closures could cause a lifelong ‘shock’ to children’s future prospects
  • Grades awarded to pupils in place of exam results, based on their predicted grades, will be changed to reflect national standards, exam chiefs have revealed

As teaching unions lock horns with officials, it’s easy to forget the schools that have quietly risen to the challenge – and the solution is as simple as a ‘bubble’. 

Caldicotes Primary Academy in Middlesbrough has seen around 20 key workers’ children and vulnerable youngsters come in to school every day for the last nine weeks of the lockdown. 

Head teacher Helen Steele said the children were happily socially distancing within days, after staff developed a system of ‘bubbles’ – classes of up to 15 pupils, with two members of staff responsible for their care. 

They are adhered to from the moment children arrive until home time. 

Caldicotes Primary Academy in Middlesbrough which is coping well with restrictions placed on it from coronavirus. This picture shows learning taking place in one of the classrooms which has been adapted for social distancing

‘We introduced social distancing on a Monday and by the Wednesday the children were used to it,’ Mrs Steele said. 

‘Obviously they are young children and they need comfort, but there are so many ways we can make sure they get that. I’m most concerned about their wellbeing and so are my staff.’ 

When the Daily Mail visited this week, Year 5 pupil Samuel was learning Spanish at his desk two metres from Leo, working on his Year 3 maths. 

Their bubble had five children in it, while another bubble of 12 was at work in a classroom down the hall. 

Mrs Steele, whose school is part of Academies Enterprise Trust, Britain’s second largest chain, is looking forward to when more of her pupils return. 

She said: ‘These children generally do not get another chance in life so we want to be there for them. Fundamentally, I can’t wait to get them back. 

‘The unions have a responsibility to their members – a lot of the questions they are asking are the same as the ones I have been. But we have worked out solutions.’

This picture shows socially distanced play at break time at Caldicotes Primary Academy in Middlesbrough

Pupils hit for rest of their lives 

By Josh White and Kate Pickles 

School closures could cause a lifelong ‘shock’ to children’s future prospects, Government scientists have warned – but unions fighting plans to reopen last night refused to budge. 

The Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies (Sage) believes the classroom shutdown could affect ‘educational and work outcomes for the rest of their lives’, papers released yesterday show. 

The claim is contained within a series of documents detailing Sage’s advice to the Government, published in a bid to convince teaching unions to drop their opposition to reopening schools on June 1. 

This picture shows teacher Katie Pounder with year 3 student Harley at Caldicotes Primary Academy in Middlesbrough

But the documents show Sage believes track and trace must be in place before schools do reopen, heaping pressure on the No10. 

In one paper on ‘wider impacts of current and possible interventions on children’, the scientists state: ‘A cohort of children have experienced a shock to their education which will persist and affect their educational and work outcomes for the rest of their lives.’ 

They also suggest that the lockdown may lead to an increase in ‘adverse childhood experiences’ – such as domestic violence or child neglect – and is likely to ‘exacerbate social inequalities’. 

The papers were released as a major review found children were half as likely as adults to catch Covid-19, with lead scientists saying the results pointed ‘strongly towards a return to school’.

Father loses bid to keep girls home 

A father has lost a legal battle with his ex-wife after she sent their two girls back to school. 

The woman, a key worker, and the man had been sharing custody during lockdown, with the girls, aged ten and eight, spending one week with each.

 Last week the mother returned to work and sent her daughters back to school. 

The father, who cannot be named for legal reasons, objected on safety grounds. 

The woman then applied to Portsmouth Family Court for the custody arrangements to be amended so she could ensure the girls attended, and this week a judge agreed to the move, giving her primary custody. 

The father said: ‘I was horrified. I would have hoped a family court judge would put the children’s safety first.’ 

Researchers at University College London found that under-20s were 56 per cent less likely to contract coronavirus, concluding that ‘children are the safest group to be out in the community’. 

Boris Johnson wants primaries in England in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 to go back to class from a week on Monday, with others to follow in a ‘phased’ restart. 

Sage also suggested that younger teachers’ attendance could be prioritised in order to decrease the likelihood of infection for staff in more vulnerable groups. 

Ministers were told that the research on how likely children are to transmit Covid-19 is still unclear, with the document stating: ‘Evidence remains inconclusive on both the susceptibility and infectivity of children, but the balance of evidence suggests that both may be lower than in adults.’ 

Parents are divided over the decision to return to school, with a poll for ITV News last night suggesting that more than half would not send their children back before the end of the academic year. 

Chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance yesterday said reopening was likely to push the virus’ reproduction ‘R-rate’ up. He said: ‘The risk for children is much lower. They are at low risk – but not zero risk.’ 

Resistance to the reopening, led by the hardline National Education Union and some councils, has left parents in the dark as to whether it will indeed go ahead. Sage also believes there is still some risk if reopenings are mishandled. 

One recent paper notes that if the virus ‘reproduction number is only just below 1, then even a small change could lead to a return to exponential growth’. 

In one document, Sage appeared to favour rotating pupils between different weeks, which Government sources say is unworkable. 

Last night the NEU accused the Government of a ‘cavalier attitude towards the nation’s children’. 

Their refusal to get behind the proposals could cause chaotic reopenings of different schools at different times – or even a humiliating climbdown by the Government. 

Last night Dr Mary Bousted, Joint General Secretary of the NEU, said: ‘We are surprised that the wider opening of schools proposed by Boris Johnson has not been modelled by Sage. 

‘This points to a cavalier attitude towards the nation’s children.’ She said the PM was expecting schools ‘to take a leap of faith with him’. 

Dr Patrick Roach, General Secretary of NASUWT, the UK’s secondlargest teaching union, added that the papers were ‘inconclusive’. 

‘The NASUWT remains of the view that no school should reopen until it can be demonstrated that it is safe to do so’, he said. 

Paul Whiteman, general secretary of heads’ union NAHT, said: ‘Support for a fixed date for school return is vanishing quickly’. 

It came as a group of scientists who have set themselves up as an ‘independent Sage’ claimed it would be ‘dangerous’ for schools to reopen on June 1. 

The committee, formed by former chief scientific adviser Sir David King, said delaying reopening by two weeks would halve the risk. 

Sir David said: ‘By going ahead with this dangerous decision, the Government is further risking the health of our communities and the likelihood of a second spike.’ 

The Sage dossier was released as a separate study from UCL concluded the risk of death or severe infection for children was ‘exceptionally low’. 

Russell Viner, professor of adolescent health at UCL Great Ormond Street’s Institute of Child Health, said: ‘The balance of risks, I think, sits strongly towards a return to school, given the very clear evidence of harm due to lockdown.’ 

A Department for Education spokesman said: ‘Advice from Sage shows there is a lower overall risk from opening schools and nurseries to younger children. 

‘This cautious, phased approach … has been, and will continue to be, informed by the best possible scientific and medical advice.’ 

Pupils’ grades face being changed 

By Richard Marsden 

Grades awarded to pupils in place of exam results will be changed to reflect national standards, exam chiefs have revealed. Schools and colleges are ‘highly likely’ to have some of the grades – awarded by teachers based on youngsters’ past performance – ‘adjusted’. 

Ofqual, which regulates GCSEs, A-levels and vocational qualifications, says this is to ‘make sure grades are as fair as possible’. 

The organisation said grades awarded by schools and colleges would be reviewed by considering each institution’s performance against national guidelines. 

But unions are worried that the plans may unfairly hit disadvantaged pupils. 

In a state ment, Ofqual said: ‘Such adjustments are in the interests of fairness to all students because they will ensure, as far as possible, that individual centres have not been too severe or too generous in comparison with other centres.’ 

Ofqual is also consulting on plans to offer a full range of exams to pupils in the autumn for those who are unable to receive a calculated grade or want to re-sit an exam. 

A full series of AS and A-level exams are likely to take place in October and GCSE exams in November. 

This is subject to consultation with students and school and college leaders over the coming weeks. 

Ofqual is proposing to ‘offer the full suite of papers as are normally offered in other summer exam series’. 

It is consulting until June 8 about its proposals for how calculated grades should be determined. 

It wants grades to be based on previous exam performance, with the exception of art and design subjects. Ofqual said proposals to award calculated grades have been supported by 82 per cent of the 12,623 respondents so far. 

But University and College Union general secretary Jo Grady said: ‘We are disappointed that more has not been done to recognise the impact that these changes will have on disadvantaged students. 

‘Without action, these groups are likely to be even more underrepresented.’

Bill Watkin, chief executive of the Sixth Form Colleges Association, said while Ofqual had ‘set out the fairest possible way’ to award grades, there will still be ‘winners and losers this year because no one system can meet the needs of every centre and every young person’.

Commenting on the plans for autumn exams, Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, raised concerns about the practicalities of hosting a full exam season ‘on top of everything else they will have to do as a result of the current crisis’. 

Sally Collier, chief regulator for Ofqual, called for students, teachers, lecturers and institutions to give their views in the consultation.

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‘Hollywood’ Makes One Major Change To The Real Story Of Rock Hudson

Spoilers ahead for Season 1 of Netflix’s Hollywood. Ryan Murphy took a lot of creative liberties while making his new Netflix series Hollywood, particularly in regard to the accuracy of Rock Hudson’s story. Most of his backstory is true, but the show makes one big change.

Played by Jack Picking, Hudson is one of the few characters directly based on a real person. He was born Roy Harold Scherer Jr. and did have a difficult upbringing in his hometown of Winnetka, Illinois — both facts represented in the Netflix series. When Hudson was a young boy, his father lost his job and went to California in search of work, refusing to return home to their family. Hudson’s mother remarried when he was 8, but her new husband was physically abusive toward Hudson, as author Mark Griffin documented in All That Heaven Allows, his 2018 biography of the actor. "From an early age, [Hudson] learned that you could talk about pretty much anything – except what you truly felt and what you really wanted. Like a father," Griffin wrote, per USA Today.

In 1944, Hudson joined the U.S. Navy and served in the Philippines. Two years later, he was discharged and moved to Hollywood to pursue acting. He worked as a truck driver to pay the bills, but spent his free time hanging around studios and handing out headshots to execs. This caught the attention of talent agent Henry Willson (played by Jim Parsons in Hollywood), who made Hudson his protégé and gave him his stage name. Their relationship is also true to life: Willson was notorious for propositioning his clients for sexual favors in exchange for furthering their careers.

In 1948, Hudson nabbed his first role in Fire Squadron and appeared in several bit parts over the years. He didn’t break through in earnest until he starred in Scarlet Angel in 1952 — four years after Hollywood takes place. This is where Hollywood‘s story begins to diverge most from real life.

Hudson was never in a movie called Meg or Dreamland — both fictional films featured in the show — nor, most significantly, was he able to ever live openly as a gay man. Whereas in the show, Hudson comes out with his boyfriend Archie at the 20th Academy Awards, Hudson remained closeted throughout his career. It wasn’t until he died of AIDS-related complications in 1985 that his sexuality became public.

Furthermore, Hudson meets Archie at a gas station that serves as a sort of brothel in the show. But while so-called "male madame to the stars" Scotty Bowers did run a gas station with a similar set-up, there’s no evidence that Hudson was a client, nor that he was ever involved with a man like Archie. Hudson’s wife Phyllis Gates (who he married in 1955 and divorced three years later) even secretly recorded a 1958 conversation in which Hudson insisted he’d never picked up any men when she confronted him about it.

Overall, Murphy told the New York Post that while the real-life figures included in Hollywood are "accurate and heavily researched," the show is only "fifty percent" based on reality. And that certainly seems to be the case for Hudson.

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Demi Lovato’s ‘Sonny With A Chance’ Reunion Included An Unexpected Reboot Chat

Attention all Disney Channel fans of the late aughts: Demi Lovato reunited with her Sonny With a Chance co-stars in a pre-recorded video shared on April 25. The “Anyone” singer joined Sterling Knight, Tiffany Thornton, Allisyn Ashley Arm, Audrey Whitby, Doug Brochu, Shayne Topp, and Damien Haas to chat about their time on the 2009 comedy series and its Lovato-less spinoff, So Random! In the virtual reunion amid quarantine (which began with Lovato’s lighthearted “I went to rehab! Several times!” quip after Arm asked what everyone has been up to), Lovato opened up about the tolls of being a young actor for the Disney machine.

“I wasn’t sleeping and I was so miserable and angry too because I felt like I was being overworked,” she said, before admitting she was surprised that So Random! continued on despite her departure from Sonny. “When I left, you don’t expect your show to go on without you, but it did," Lovato said. "But I couldn’t have been happier for everybody. I just wasn’t in a period of time when I was ready to be on camera again. I could not go back into that environment and there were other things that factored into it."

On top of being sleep deprived and overworked, Lovato also struggled with an eating disorder at the time. While she “had the best time” with the cast, Lovato explained she had no desire to revisit a Sonny With a Chance reboot due to her complicated experience on the show. "I love all of you guys so much, but I went through so much during that show that I would rather just start a whole new project with all of you," Lovato said. "When I think about the show, I miss you guys. And I miss spending time with you and joking and going to Kitchen 24 on our lunch breaks… If we were ever to do anything, I think we should just do a whole new thing."

Sonny followed Lovato’s Sonny, a teen who moves to Los Angeles to join the cast of a sketch comedy series called So Random! Filled with diva co-stars and a rival show called MacKenzie Falls, Sonny ran for two seasons between 2009 and 2011. Lovato’s departure from the series to focus on her mental health culminated in the spinoff and show-within-a-show, So Random!, which ran for one season.

The reunion comes after Disney+ added Sonny With a Chance to its library last month. Per Billboard, the announcement came courtesy of Brochu, who may have willed the reunion into existence. “We definitely need a cast catch-up because I’ve been hit with so many memories the past few days,” he said. “Self-isolation cast camping trip to find Candy Face?"

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TALK OF THE TOWN: Lady Mary Charteris uses 24-hour fast plan

TALK OF THE TOWN: Lady Mary Charteris urges her 60,000 Instagram fans to follow her by starving themselves for 24 hours, claiming ‘it’s not too hard’

It’s not as if she isn’t super-slender already, but Lady Mary Charteris has found a new way of losing weight – starving herself for 24 hours. 

And the 32-year-old aristo, wants her 60,000 Instagram followers to follow suit. ‘There’s loads of health benefits to the occasional 24-hour fast – just what I need after a greedy Easter weekend,’ the model and DJ writes. 

‘As long as you keep yourself busy, it’s not too hard.’

It makes lockdown shopping a lot easier, I suppose.

Lady Mary Charteris, pictured, urges her followers to take a 24-hour fast after Easter 

The aristocratic DJ, pictured, claims as long as you keep yourself busy, the fast isn’t ‘too hard’

As former Bank of England Governor Mark Carney left London for his native Canada, he was given a final lesson about Britain’s wealthy: they’ll take anything if it’s free! 

When the removal men were emptying his house in posh West Hampstead just before the lockdown, Mark, 55, left a few unwanted items on the pavement, including a rug, a small bookcase, a kettle and assorted crockery. They all disappeared within minutes.

So if you ever wondered how people save up enough to live in an area where the average cost of a house is £1.5 million, now you know…

Jason’s next role? Making Rosie a star

He has amassed an estimated £56 million fortune during his Hollywood career, but action man Jason Statham is being urged by wife Rosie Huntington -Whiteley to give it all up to concentrate on becoming a full-time ‘Instagram husband’.

Model Rosie, reveals: ‘Jason’s been shooting a lot of content for me – he’s my Instagram husband. When his movie career is over, he can just become my personal photographer.’

Be careful what you wish for, Rosie – that lavish Hollywood lifestyle won’t pay for itself!

Rosie Huntington -Whiteley, right, claims husband Jason Statham, left, is the perfect ‘Instagram husband’, willing to work as her own personal photographer




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Coronavirus $1,200 stimulus checks ‘to be direct deposited next week’ but some paper checks won’t arrive until SEPTEMBER – The Sun

THE coronavirus $1,200 stimulus checks will be direct deposited next week – but some paper checks won't arrive until September, reports say.

These emergency payments are a part of the $2.2trillion package to prop up the US economy, which has been pummeled by COVID-19-related layoffs and business closures.

The Treasury Department is taking the first step Friday getting the payment to millions of Americans with direct deposit bank accounts, Politico reports.

For 100 million Americans who don't have these accounts, around 5 million paper checks will be rolled out in early May over the course of 20 weeks, insiders told the publication.

President Trump reportedly said he wanted his signature on the checks after signing the bill into law last month.

But industry sources say it could take five months for the paper check to actually get there after US Secretary of the Treasury Mnuchin said most Americans would get them in two weeks on April 2.

The current step involves the department clearing all those eligible direct deposit payments today before the IRS begins processing them Monday.


The payment should show up in people's accounts by Wednesday, according to Politico.

“That timeline is the update I am aware of and is accurate,” a financial industry source said, while another noted it was “based on conversations with Treasury.”

This cash injection to prop up the flailing economy will be on a sliding scale from $1,200 per adult, $2,400 for couples and an extra $500 for kids.

But anyone who earns $75,000, or $150,000 for couples will be phased out.

Single filers who earn $99,000, head-of-household filers earning $146,500 with just one kid, and joint filers without children who earn more than $198,000 get nothing under the emergency package.


The IRS will launch a "Get My Payment" online application on April 17 to hurry up the complex process.

A spokesperson told CNBC this “will provide people with the status of their payment, including the date their payment is scheduled to be deposited into their bank account or mailed to them."

This will enable taxpayers who filed returns in 2018 or 2019 to fill out their direct deposit information if it wasn't listed on their tax returns.

It isn't clear how low-income earners who don't have bank accounts will access their check as some banks don't want to risk fraud and have cited social distancing guidelines.

Last week, the Treasury said people who get Social Security recipients and don't usually file returns don't have to in order to get a direct payment.

Today, they launched a new website with the Treasury where people who don't have to file taxes can enter payment information to get their relief check.

This applies to US citizens and permanent residents who have a valid Social Security number; could not be claimed as a dependent of another taxpayer, and had adjusted gross income under certain limits.

The checks are part of the rescue package to support businesses, rush resources to overburdened health care providers and help struggling families and individuals during the deepening coronavirus epidemic.

But negotiations over the $250 million "paycheck protection" package has emerged as Democrats threaten to block it unless more funds are added for hospitals as well as state and local government.

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