Samuel (Jesse) Battle was a pioneer of black America — the first African American to join the police department in greater New York City. In the upcoming book “One Righteous Man: Samuel Battle and the Shattering of the Color Line in New York,” author Arthur Browne traces Battle’s amazing journey — from his childhood in North Carolina, to his days as a railway porter at Grand Central Station and a 30-year police career starting in 1911 that saw him become the city’s first African American police sergeant and then lieutenant.
Many women have come forward in recent weeks to accuse famed funnyman Bill Cosby of taking advantage of them in various ways, some claiming he touched them in appropriately and others stating he raped them. The comedian has remained quiet on the accusations.
The death of Eric Garner, captured on video in Staten Island in July 2014, and the subsequent decision by a grand jury not to indict the police officer believed responsible for his death has lead to massive and repeated protests in New York City.