Afternoon Bulletin: Minority Cops Slam Bratton, Chinese Blessing Scam And More

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton speaks about a heightened terror alert in New York after attacks in the Belgian capital of Brussels on March 22, 2016 in New York City.

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton speaks about a heightened terror alert in New York after attacks in the Belgian capital of Brussels on March 22, 2016 in New York City. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Black and Latino cops slammed Police Commissioner Bill Bratton on Tuesday for allowing high-ranking police chiefs embroiled in a corruption scandal to retire with pensions. The officers claimed that numerous lower-ranking cops also in trouble with the department were not afforded the same opportunity. The retirees allowed to leave with pensions were forced to sacrifice hundreds of thousands of dollars in accrued vacation time, but were given a “good guy letter” for future employment. Meanwhile, 11 cops (including three Hispanics) have either been transferred or stripped of their guns and shields for their involvement in another scandal. (Daily News)

A group of female swindlers running a cursed-money con in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn have scammed middle-aged Asian women out of nearly $500,000, police say. In the con, known as the “Chinese blessing scam,” the victims were approached by three women who said the victim’s families have been cursed. To reverse the curse, the victims were told to bring all of their jewelry and money in a bag for a blessing ritual. When the bag was returned, the victims discovered that their valuables had been replaced by water bottles. Cops said the group targeted Asian women in their 50s and 60s. (Daily News)

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie is getting caught in the latest feud between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio–and he’s not having it. After Cuomo claimed that the mayor and the Assembly prevented a floor vote on daycare center regulations this spring, Heastie’s office said that the governor is a “hypocrite who has deliberately ignored or thwarted the interests of denizens of the five boroughs.” A press representative also said that Heastie is “tired of getting caught in between the governor and the mayor.” (Observer)

Waltz, a poodle-mix dog, caused quite a stir during rush hour on Tuesday morning. The MTA took an entire No. 6 train out of service after finding the abandoned pup on board at the Third-Avenue 138th Street Station, officials said. Upon discovering the dog at 8 AM, authorities kicked all passengers off the train and the conductor reversed back to the rail yard at Westchester Square. The delay only lasted about 10 minutes. (New York Post)

New York has shed its title as rudest city in America, according to a new survey. The Big Apple dropped from its number one spot to number three. Miami topped the list, followed by Phoenix, while Los Angeles and Philadelphia rounded out the top five.. Perhaps travelers have warmed up to the New York cold? (Travel and Leisure)

Afternoon Bulletin: Minority Cops Slam Bratton, Chinese Blessing Scam And More