A man overheard making threats against the NYPD was arrested on Wednesday after an undercover officer reported him to fellow officials, who discovered an arsenal of weapons and a bulletproof vest at his home.
Elvin Payamps, 38, made the threatening remarks while at a bank in Queens; what he did not know was that a former member of the NYPD was also in the bank and overheard his comments. Charles Otero, a former officer, called 911 to report Payamps, but by the time officials arrived, he had already left.
"I'm going to kill another cop. We should do it before Christmas," Payamps reportedly said. "The cop should have been white that was killed. I always have a gun on me. They should have killed two white cops instead of the Hispanic and Asian if the guy really wanted to send a message." more >>
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani says anti-police propaganda is partly to blame for Saturday's ambush killing of two NYPD officers who were sitting in their patrol car.
"What happened yesterday was an assassination which we haven't had since 1988 with officer Byrne," Giuliani said on "Fox and Friends" Sunday, comparing the on-duty killing of New York policemen Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos to the execution-style shooting of NYPD officer Edward Byrne.
Baltimore resident Ismaaiyl Brinsley traveled to New York and shot and killed Liu, 32, and Ramos, 40, Saturday afternoon as they sat in their marked car in Brooklyn. more >>
Mike Myers' infamous villain persona took over the set of "Saturday Night Live" this weekend, interrupting the opening sketch to bring a message to North Korea and Sony Pictures.
Dr. Evil, the antagonist of the Mike Myers' comedic film franchise "Austin Powers," interrupted the opening sketch of "A Very Somber Christmas With Sam Smith."
After receiving a strong ovation from the live studio audience, Myers as Dr. Evil expressed his protestations against all the parties involved in the recent decision by Sony to pull the film "The Interview" from various theaters over a hacker threat. more >>
Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who allegedly ambushed and killed two New York police officers before killing himself Saturday, had a "very troubled childhood," had been arrested 20 times for petty crimes and was violent and suicidal, according to police and other sources.
Brinsley, 28, had also spent two years in prison for firing a stolen gun near a public street in Georgia, according to The New York Times.
After shooting his ex-girlfriend at her home outside Baltimore Saturday following an argument, Brinsley boarded a bus to New York, and called the victim's mother to apologize, NBC News quoted New York Chief of Detectives Robert K. Boyce as saying. more >>
Editor's note: This article is tied to a report on Yazidi immigrant Murad Ismael and NYC Pastor William Devlin's humanitarian trip to Erbil, Iraq. Read that report here: US Pastor Who Supported Meriam Ibrahim in Sudan Heads to Iraq With Yazidi Activist; Says Christians Can Pray, Give Money But Should Put Their Bodies on the Line. Also, read Ismael's account of the atrocities unfolding in Iraq under the Islamic State here: US Yazidi Returning to Iraq Amid ISIS Persecution Calls for People of All Faiths to Act.
NEW YORK — A New York City pastor traveling with a U.S. Yazidi leader to offer humanitarian assistance to religious minorities targeted by the Islamic State in Iraq believes Christians in America should do more to encourage believers living in some of the world's most persecuted countries.
The Rev. William Devlin, co-pastor of Infinity Bible Church in the Bronx borough of New York City and a former politician, is as much of an activist as he is a missionary. When the City of New York banned churches and other religious groups in 2011 from renting public schools for worship gatherings, Devlin embarked on a 42-day fast, was arrested in an act of civil disobedience, and publicly confronted then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg during an interfaith breakfast about the city's decision (which the current mayor has vowed to reverse). more >>
A gunman ambushed and shot to death two New York City police officers before killing himself Saturday, in what the man claimed was a revenge killing for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. The chief of the city's police union blamed Mayor Bill de Blasio and protesters who were chanting for dead cops in the city last weekend.
Officers Wenjian Liu, 32, and Rafael Ramos, 40, were killed at close range as they sat in their squad car in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, Reuters quoted Police Commissioner William Bratton as telling a news conference Saturday evening.
The officers "never had an opportunity to draw their weapons" and were "killed with no warning, no provocation," he added. "They may have never even seen their assailant, their murderer." more >>