The Daily Fix: Commissioner Rebukes NYPD, and National Dietary Guidelines May Change
New York Police Commissioner William Bratton expressed disapproval of his department’s recent behavior toward Mayor Bill de Blasio in a memo to be read at roll calls on Saturday, the day of Officer Wenjian Liu’s wake.
Hundreds of officers turned their backs on the mayor during the funeral of Liu’s partner, Rafael Ramos, on Dec. 27.
“It stole the valor, honor, and attention that rightfully belonged to the memory of Detective Rafael Ramos’ life and sacrifice,” wrote Bratton. “That was not the intent, I know. But it was a result.”
He didn’t threaten disciplinary action but said that “when you don the uniform of this department, you are bound by the tradition, honor, and decency that go with it.”
Thousands are expected to attend Liu’s funeral on Sunday. It was delayed to accommodate the officer’s relatives flying to New York from China, reported The Associated Press.
Meanwhile, details about the 28-year-old gunman have emerged. Ismaaiyl Brinsley suffered from depression, according to The New York Times. He had been arrested 20 times, mostly for minor offenses, but didn’t harbor any grudge against Brooklyn police. A former girlfriend, Shaneka Thompson, told police that she talked him out of committing suicide in Baltimore the same day he went to Brooklyn and shot Liu and Ramos. Brinsley’s mother and friends reportedly said that his “violent end is probably less political and more accidental than initially portrayed.”
In other news…
AirAsia Plane Violated a Route Regulation: Flight 8501 wasn’t permitted to fly from Surabaya to Singapore when it went down in the Java Sea on Sunday, Dec. 28. Indonesia transport ministry spokesman J.A. Barata said that since October, AirAsia has only had permission to take the route on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. The ministry is now investigating the violation, although it doesn’t appear related to the cause of the crash. The news came after a search team found two large metal objects that belonged to the plane. As of Friday evening, 30 bodies had been recovered. There were 162 individuals on board. (via The Wall Street Journal)
The Green Diet: The U.S. government revises its dietary guidelines every five years. A draft indicates that 2015’s version may consider the environment, which means pushing plant-based foods over meat. The beef industry isn’t the only one complaining. A spending bill recently enacted by Congress asked Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack “to only include nutrition and dietary information, not extraneous factors” in the final recommendations. (via The Associated Press)
Bundle Up: U.S. regions as far south as Florida will get an Arctic blast next Tuesday through Thursday, according to meteorologists. The National Weather Service predicts that it will rival last January’s polar vortex, a phenomenon linked to climate change. (via Phys.org)
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