Amsterdam News 2012 Year in review: January to June
1/2/2013, 5:08 p.m.
- The NYCLU, along with several other organizations, sues the NYPD over its "Clean Halls" operation, which allows officers to patrol private apartment buildings.
- The City Council freezes funding for the organization Picture the Homeless, which is vital to the city's homeless population.
- Famed artist Elizabeth Catlett passes at age 96.
- Faculty members at Medgar Evers College report the school's administration is going beyond their authority and removing department chairs without just cause.
- Zimmerman is arrested in Florida and charged with second-degree murder in the killing of Martin. Zimmerman is later released on $150,000 bond after lying about his finances.
- Legendary journalist and host of long-running local TV show "Like It Is" Gil Noble dies at age 80.
- Sharpton's National Action Network hosts its 14th National Convention in Washington, D.C.
- Residents in Tulsa, Okla., are terrorized by a white man who is shooting Black citizens.
- New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman reveals the establishment of a new Conviction Review Board to address wrongful convictions in the state.
- Longtime Brooklyn Rep. Ed Towns announces he will not run again after serving 15 terms.
- A change in district lines creates a new district in upper Manhattan, putting both Rep. Charlie Rangel and state Sen. Adriano Espaillat in the race for the congressional seat.
- The late Dr. Manning Marable posthumously wins a Pulitzer Prize for his book "Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention."
- Blair Underwood and Nicole Ari Parker star in an all-Black revival of "A Streetcar Named Desire," which opens at the Broadhurst Theatre.
- Sixteen-year-old Corey Fisher dies at a private residential treatment center in Yonkers after playing a basketball game, during which staff members physically restrain him. The incident is caught on surveillance video.
- State Sen. Eric Adams announces that he wants MTA employees to be armed with tasers in an effort to combat terrorism and violence.
- A town hall meeting is held in Harlem to address several new development projects coming to the area. The projects include the building of a new hotel on 125th Street and the reopening of Minton's Playhouse.
- After nearly 30 years on the air, Black radio station 98.7 KISS FMgoes off the air. The station merges with 107.5 FM WBLS/1190 AM WLIB.
- The community is outraged when 27-year-old Tamon Robinson is struck and killed by a NYPD cruiser in Brooklyn after he allegedly stole cobblestones.
- Yakim McDaniels, 12, is tragically killed in Brownsville, Brooklyn, when his upper body is crushed on an electric roll-up gate while playing a game of "chicken." The accident raises questions about resources for children in the community.
- Bloomberg unveils his executive budget plan, which includes reductions to pensions, Medicaid, health care and debt service.
- Black attorneys Michael and Evelyn Warren begin their civil case against the NYPD stemming from an alleged beating by officers.
- A Westchester grand jury clears Officer Anthony Carelli of all criminal charges in the shooting of Black retired corrections officer and former Marine Kenneth Chamberlain Sr.
- Former City Council Member Enoch Williams dies at age 84.
- State Sen. Pedro Espada Jr. of the Bronx is found guilty of stealing $500,000 between 2005 and 2008 from a federally funded health clinic that he founded.
- Former City Comptroller Bill Thompson announces he will run for mayor again in 2013.
- Legendary radio giant and founder of Inner City Broadcasting Hal Jacksonpasses away at age 97. At the time of his death, he is the world's oldest broadcaster, with a career spanning over 70 years.
- Obama becomes the first president to announce his support for gay marriage.
- Famed disco singer and songwriter Donna Summerpasses at age 63.
- Numbers released from the U.S. Census reveal that 50 percent of the nation's population younger than age 1 are minorities, leading to a more diverse population in the coming decades.
- Memorial Day weekend proves deadly in Chicago, as 40 shootings occur, claiming 10 lives in the Windy City.
- Cuomo proposes legislation that would end fingerprinting for anyone who receives food stamps.
- In an effort to combat voter suppression laws, the NAACP announces its "This is My Vote" campaign to increase the number of registered voters.
- Harlem Assemblyman Keith Wright is nominated by Cuomo to serve as co-chair of the State Democratic Committee.
- Military personnel from around the nation arrive in the city for the 25th annual Fleet Week.
- Barbara K. Graves, wife of Black Enterprise magazine founder Earl Graves, passes at age 74.