Year in Review 2010
Cyril Josh Barker | 4/12/2011, 5:30 p.m.
As the deadline passes, the state has still not approved the budget. NYPD officer David London is acquitted after being caught on surveillance tape beating Iraq War veteran Walter Harvin in the lobby of an Upper West Side housing project in 2008. George Baldwin, brother to James Baldwin, dies at age 82. Summer weather heats up in the city with record temperatures reaching the triple digits. Residents pack public pools to beat the heat. The U.S Justice Department files a lawsuit against the state of Arizona seeking an injunction on the state's immigration law, claiming it illegally intrudes on federal prerogatives. An abandoned and rundown park in the Brooklyn neighborhood of East New York is remodeled and renamed after the late Officer Robert Venable, who was shot and killed in the line of duty by drug dealers in 1987. Former Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Officer Johannes Mehserle is found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 shooting death of Oscar Grant, which sparked outrage across the nation. Grant was handcuffed and shot in the back during the incident. Retailer Target opens its first Manhattan store in East Harlem. Luix Overbea, journalist and NABJ founding member, dies at age 87. New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner dies at age 80. During the same week Yankees and New York Giants announcer Bob Sheppard dies at age 99. Gov. Paterson signs legislation prohibiting the NYPD from keeping a database of the names of those stopped and frisked by the police who are later not charged. Black U.S. Department of Agriculture official Shirley Sherrod is put in the spotlight after a heavily edited taping of statements she makes that are considered racist surfaces on the Internet and broadcast on Fox News. Civil rights leaders attack her but later retract their criticisms after it is revealed the tape was doctored. The NAACP hosts its national convention in Kansas City, Mo. After 86 days the BP oil spill is successfully capped. A bipartisan, four-member investigative subcommittee of the House Ethics Committee indicts Rep. Charlie Rangel with 13 counts of violating House rules and federal laws. Gov. Paterson is cleared of wrongdoing when Chief Judge Judith Kaye recommends that no criminal charges be brought against him in the case involving one of his top aides in a domestic violence incident. Huntsville, Ala. native Antoine Dodson is put in the national spotlight after he does an animated interview for a local news station after a man breaks into his home in an attempt to rape his sister. His video is turned into a song using Auto-Tune called "Bedroom Intruder" and makes him an overnight sensation when his video becomes one of the most viewed on YouTube.
As Haiti continues to recover from the devastating earthquake, hip-hop performer and Haitian native Wyclef Jean makes a bid to run for president of the island nation. However, he is deemed ineligible after not meeting the requirement to be a resident of the country for five years. After a copper-gold mine in Chile caves in, 33 men are trapped. The World Health Organization declares the H1N1 influenza (also known as swine flu) pandemic is over. The city agrees to pay $7 million in a settlement to the family of Sean Bell and his two friends after they file a federal lawsuit seeking compensation for the NYPD's role in his death. The State Senate passes New York's budget 125 days past the deadline. Several bias attacks occur on Staten Island against Latino residents. The city's Landmarks Preservation Commission votes in favor to build the controversial Park51 mosque two blocks north of Ground Zero. Louis Soto, 21, is killed in Harlem when NYPD officers respond to a fight between Soto and another man at a party. After the other man pulls a gun on Soto and then turns the gun on the police, officers shoot 46 rounds, shooting Soto five times and killing him. The NYPD releases statistics indicating crime is up. One of the worst areas is Brownsville, Brooklyn, which sees 61 shootings and 76 victims in the first half of the year. A judge rules that tests given by the FDNY are unfair to minority candidates resulting in an injunction preventing the hiring of 300 applicants who were offered positions. The U.S Senate votes against a supplemental war bill that includes $1.25 billion settlement for Black and Native American farmers who were victims of racial discrimination. The 36th Harlem Week is celebrated. Charles Barron's Freedom party gains momentum when the party attains the 43,000 signatures needed to get on the ballot for the November elections. Jazz great Abbey Lincoln dies at age 80. Former employees of St. Vincent Hospital file a lawsuit claiming misuse of funds resulting in the hospital's closing. The Board of Elections begins holding workshops across the city educating New Yorkers about the new voting machines. The new machines allow New Yorkers to cast their votes by paper ballot and scanning. Rep. Charlie Rangel celebrates his 80th birthday. Black Orthodox Jew rapper Yoseph Robinson is shot and killed during a robbery at a Brooklyn liquor store. The MTA proposes fare hikes that include raising monthly MetroCards to $130. A report by the Schott Foundation for Public Education reveals that 75 percent of Black males in New York State fail to graduate high school. Elena Kagan is sworn in as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. The last U.S. combat troops leave Iraq as President Obama declares an end to combat operations in the Iraq War. New York State wins in the Race to the Top competition, giving nearly $700 million to the state's public school systems. Rev. Al Sharpton leads a gathering of thousands in the "Reclaim the Dream" rally in Washington, D.C. celebrating the 47th anniversary of the March on Washington led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1963. Black TV journalist Harold Dow dies at age 62. Queens City Councilman Thomas White, Jr. dies at age 71 of cancer.