Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Stay Off New York City Subway Platforms

Someone might give you a push:

"NYC subway victim was native of India" by Tom Hays  |  Associated Press, December 29, 2012

NEW YORK — A man who was shoved to his death in front of a subway train on Thursday night was a 46-year-old from India who lived in New York City and worked for a printing business, police said.

Investigators searched Friday for an unidentified woman who rose from a bench and suddenly pushed the man in the back with both hands, sending him flying onto the tracks as a train entered an elevated station in Queens.

Police released surveillance video of the woman fleeing the area and have been interviewing witnesses, including some who said she was mumbling and cursing to herself before the attack.

Some witnesses said the man had been shielding himself from the cold by waiting in a stairwell before he ventured out onto the platform to see if the train was coming. They also said he had no interaction with the woman, who immediately darted down the stairway after she pushed him.

One witness told police that the man had no time to try to save himself. The witness turned away to avoid seeing the man getting crushed on the tracks.

Investigators identified the victim, who lived alone in Queens, through a smartphone and a prescription pill bottle he was carrying. They delayed releasing his name while they worked to notify his relatives in India.

Detectives were following leads from the public generated by the video, and also checking area homeless shelters and psychiatric units in a bid to identify a suspect.

The woman was described as heavyset and in her 20s. It was unclear whether she and the man knew each other, or whether the attack was simply the act of a deranged stranger.

Commuters, meanwhile, absorbed the news of the second fatal subway shove in the city this month.

‘‘It’s just a really sad commentary on the world and on human beings, period,’’ said Howard Roth, who takes the subway daily.

He said the deadly push made him think about subway safety, ‘‘but I guess the best thing is what they tell you — don’t stand near the edge and keep your eyes open.’’

Asked about the episode at the station on Queens Boulevard in the Sunnyside neighborhood, Mayor Michael Bloomberg pointed Friday to legal and policy changes that led to the release of many mentally ill people from psychiatric institutions from the 1960s through 1990s.

Some mentally ill even hold high office sometimes.

‘‘The courts or the law have changed and said, no, you can’t do that unless they’re a danger to society; our laws protect you. That’s fair enough,’’ Bloomberg said on ‘‘The John Gambling Show with Mayor Mike’’ on WOR-AM.

There are no barriers separating the trains from the people on New York City’s subway platforms, and many people fall or jump to their deaths in front of rushing trains each year.

Though shoving deaths are rare, Thursday night’s killing was the second one this month. On Dec. 3, a 58-year-old man was pushed in front of a train in Times Square. A homeless man was charged with murder and is awaiting trial.


NYC homeless man charged in fatal subway push

NY Post’s subway death photo sparks anger, raises issues

Isn't that a Murdoch paper?

Other high-profile cases included the 1999 slaying of Kendra Webdale, an aspiring screenwriter, by a former psychiatric patient.

That case led to a state law allowing for more supervision of mentally ill people living outside institutions.



"A law enforcement official said that the woman, Erica Menendez of the Bronx, had “told the cops it was an act against Muslims,” and cited the Sept. 11 attacks."

So that false flag lie claims another life, huh?

"Psychiatric test ordered for suspect in N.Y. subway death" Associated Press, December 31, 2012

NEW YORK — A woman accused of shoving a man to his death in front of a subway train because she believed he was Muslim laughed and smiled during a court hearing where she was ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

Erika Menendez, 31, was charged Saturday night with murder as a hate crime after she told police she spontaneously pushed Sunando Sen, according to prosecutors.

‘‘There is no reason. I just pushed him in front of the train because I thought it would be cool,’’ she said, according to the Queens district attorney’s office.

She laughed so hard during her arraignment in Queens criminal court that Judge Gia Morris told her lawyer: ‘‘You’re going to have to have your client stop laughing.’’

Defense attorney Dietrich Epperson said her behavior in court was no different from how she had been acting, and said her client didn’t really think the proceedings were funny, according to Newsday. A call by the Associated Press to Epperson was not immediately returned Sunday. Menendez was held without bail and ordered to have a mental health exam.

Queens prosecutors said she pushed the 46-year-old native of India to his death because she blamed ‘‘Muslims, Hindus, and Egyptians’’ for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Yeah, well, as it turns out Muslims didn't do 9/11Israel and her helpers in various western governments and intelligence agencies did.

‘‘I pushed a Muslim off the train tracks because I hate Hindus and Muslims — ever since 2001 when they put down the twin towers I’ve been beating them up,’’ Menendez told police, according to the district attorney’s office.

Now we know she's insane, unless you question the existence of an incontrovertible law of nature. Or is that what she is laughing at, which would make her quite sane indeed.



"A New York City man was sentenced to life in prison on Friday for conspiring to form a three-man terrorist cell with two former high school classmates and spread death on the subways as suicide bombers — a foiled plot that authorities called one of the closest calls since the 9/11 attacks. The plot was abandoned after Zazi noticed that everywhere he drove in New York, a car followed."

I think you can just go to my Zazi file, scroll, and see how many holes that set-up has.

"Woman killed by New York City subway train" Associated Press, January 02, 2013

NEW YORK — New York City police said a young woman stumbling around on a Manhattan subway platform not far from Times Square fell onto the tracks and was killed by a train.

The accident happened at around 5 a.m. on New Year’s Day at the No. 2 line station on 34th Street and Seventh Avenue, one stop from where revelers gather in Times Square to see the ball drop.

Police said the victim was in her 20s. Her name was not immediately released.

Subway deaths are common in the city. Last year, according a report in the Daily News, there was about a fatality a week.

But track deaths have been getting extra scrutiny in recent weeks after two men were shoved to their deaths in December.


Aren't there any other ways of getting around New York?

Underscoring the difficulty in prosecuting so-called drowsy driving cases. The driver, Ophadell Williams, was returning to New York from an overnight trip to the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut in March 2011

What's New in the U.S.?

Not even buses or cars are safe in New York.