A city worker says he became a pariah in his neighborhood and online when a top NYPD official accused him of a fatal shooting outside a Brooklyn building — but never told the public he was later cleared.
Tyrell Rozzell is suing Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce and the city, saying Boyce held a press conference on Dec. 5 — fingering him and another man as the killers of Salaya Figueroa and releasing a wanted poster of them to the media.
“She was an unintended victim in this,” Boyce told reporters while identifying Rozzell and another suspect, Fred Coleman. “They were aiming for someone else. We’ve identified these two individuals as the shooters.”
When Rozzell, 27, saw the news, he hired a lawyer and planned to surrender to cops to clear his name, according to his lawsuit, which was filed Tuesday in Brooklyn Supreme Court.
But when the lawyer called to arrange a surrender date, detectives told him not to worry about it — Rozzell had been ruled out as one of the killers, the lawsuit says. Rozzell even went to the 75th Precinct stationhouse in East New York just to make sure, and a detective again said he was free to go.
“That’s when I said, ‘What about the whole thing with the wanted poster, because that’s everywhere now, that could ruin my life. I’m not safe where I live,’ ” Rozzell recalled telling the detective, according to a transcript of a court hearing connected to the lawsuit.
Despite his concerns, the NYPD didn’t tell the public he was no longer a suspect, the lawsuit says.
As a result, Figueroa’s family and friends still believe Rozzell is one of the killers, making it impossible for him to return to the apartment he shared with his mother in the Pink Houses in East New York, the lawsuit says. Figueroa’s family also lives in the Pink Houses.
Rozzell has never been back to the apartment and now resides in Long Island with his dad.
The fallout from the press conference has also been bad for his social life and his job.
The top Google search of Rozzell’s name is a story about Boyce saying he’s a wanted man who is considered armed and dangerous.
“You Google your name and the first thing you see is you’re wanted for murder,” his lawyer, Alexis Padilla, said. “How well do you think you are going to do on Tinder?”
Rozzell, who inspects day care facilities for the Administration for Children’s Services, said he was suspended from his job for two months without pay after Boyce’s press conference. He said his supervisors suspended him because the day cares didn’t feel comfortable with him around.
Figueroa, 27, was fatally shot at 12:30 a.m. on Nov. 30 outside a building at the Pink Houses.
Coleman, the other suspect in the wanted poster that Boyce distributed, was subsequently arrested and charged with murder.
Rozzell has a weapons possession conviction from 2014, for which he received no jail time.
He said he was with Coleman the night of the shooting. In court filings he said that neither of them fired a gun.
An NYPD spokesman said Rozzell was part of its investigation into Figueroa’s killing.
“He was wanted for questioning for the murder of an innocent bystander on Nov. 30, 2016,” said the spokesman, Lt. John Grimpel.
The city Law Department said it would review the complaint.
‘American Idol’Filming May Be DelayedChaos Looms Large
9/14/2017 12:40 AM PDT
“American Idol” has backed itself into a corner, because it might need to delay taping until it lands more judges … but that doesn’t work for the only judge it’s got so far — Katy Perry.
Our ‘Idol’ sources tell us … Thursday is the last stop for the show’s tour bus auditions, and it’s just weeks away from the planned taped auditions with the judges. Problem is — producers are no closer to locking down stars to join Katy on the panel.
So the dilemma is simple and serious — if the show’s forced to postpone filming, it will likely conflict with Perry’s Witness tour schedule producers worked so hard to accommodate in the first place.
Adding to the dilemma … ‘A.I.’ still hasn’t signed desired judge #2, Luke Bryan. We’re told he wants more money, and the Disney perks he was offered instead of cash didn’t cut it. ‘Idol’s’ no closer to landing the 3rd judge.
Our sources say everything’s still up in the air — not a good place to be for a legendary show trying to make a triumphant return to TV.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin requested a government jet for his honeymoon to Scotland, France and Italy last month, sources said.
Mnuchin, who married the Scottish-born actress Louise Linton in a ceremony officiated by Vice President Michael Pence in June, submitted a written request for his honeymoon in August, sources told ABC.
The request for the U.S. Air Force jet, which could have cost around $ 25,000 every hour, is being reviewed by the Treasury Department’s Office of Inspector General, the sources said.
A spokesperson for the Treasury Department issued a statement saying Mnuchin, a member of the National Security Council was concerned about maintaining a secure method of communication during his travel.
The request was eventually deemed unnecessary when it became apparent he could access secure communication through other means, the spokesperson said.
The Inspector General is already reviewing Linton and Mnuchin’s trip to Kentucky on August 21 after a government watchdog group questioned whether it was planned around viewing the solar eclipse from just outside to path of totality.
A scandal also erupted after Linton flaunted her designer duds in an Instagram photo of her disembarking the government plane in Kentucky.
When Jenni Miller, a mother of three from Oregon, left a comment calling the 36-year-old “deplorable”, Linton went on the offensive in a long-winded tirade that branded her “adorably out of touch”.
Linton later apologized, and a Treasury spokesperson defended Mnuchin, saying he obtained the appropriate approval for the official visit and reimbursed the government for his wife’s travel.
It is unusual for White House officials to travel on military aircraft unless they deal directly with national security.
Published: 11:32 EDT, 13 September 2017 | Updated: 12:56 EDT, 13 September 2017
From endless sunshine to frozen grandeur, there is an ocean cruise to suit every interest. Here’s our pick of what to book now.
Make a special pizza in Naples, where you can pick your toppings and cook on a subterranean geothermal rock. In Genoa, go behind the scenes at the aquarium to see the plankton farm that feeds the rescued whales. These unusual excursions are offered on Meraviglia. Sail on a seven-day round trip from Genoa on April 1, 2018, and call at Civitavecchia, Palermo, Valletta, Barcelona and Marseilles. Cabins cost from £1,469pp. msccruises.co.uk, 020 3856 3087.
Furry interesting: Spot polar bears on an Arctic Canada cruise
Go white-water rafting down the Valldal river in Norway, then warm up round a bonfire for snacks and views of the Geirangerfjord and the Seven Sisters waterfall. For a gentler outing, take a hike to the Kjenndal Glacier followed by a cruise on Lake Lovatnet. A week from Southampton to the Norwegian fjords on Sapphire Princess from August 11, 2018, costs from £2,796 for four sharing a cabin. princess.com/go, 0843 374 2401.
Gallivanting in the Gulf
P&O Cruises is offering cruises tailored to British tastes to the Arabian Gulf for the first time in 2019. Sail on a round trip from Dubai for 11 nights aboard Oceana on January 30, 2019. You can go camel-racing, dine in a bedouin tent, see the Ferrari World theme park, visit souks and go dolphin-spotting in a dhow. The cost is from £1,449pp, including flights. pocruises.com, 0843 373 0111.
A week from Southampton to the Norwegian fjords on Sapphire Princess from August 11, 2018, costs from £2,796 for four sharing a cabin
Symphony of the Seas will be launched next spring and you can join nearly 6,900 passengers on a seven-night Western Mediterranean cruise from Rome. The ship will call at Naples, Barcelona, Majorca, Marseilles and La Spezia. Departures on June 21, June 28 or July 5, 2018, cost from £844pp, excluding flights. royalcaribbean.co.uk, 0844 493 4005.
Rooms with a view
Another new ship, Norwegian Bliss, will have two huge observation lounges to see whales and glaciers on the 4,000-passenger ship’s inaugural season in Alaska next summer. There will be seven-day cruises through the Inside Passage departing every Saturday from Seattle. Zipwire through the rainforest in Ketchikan, pan for gold in Juneau and ride the vintage railroad to Dead Horse Gulch in the Yukon from Skagway. Premium all-inclusive fares departing July 21, 2018, start at £1,349pp, including drinks but not flights. ncl.co.uk, 0333 241 2319.
On the Meraviglia liner passengers can take part in an array of different activities, including making a special pizza in Naples, where you can pick your toppings and cook on a subterranean geothermal rock
The fascinating exhibition Franklin: Death In The Ice at the National Maritime Museum in London (to January 7) examines the mysterious end of Sir John Franklin’s quest to chart the Northwest Passage in Arctic Canada in 1847. See polar bears as you voyage in Franklin’s wake on an ice-strengthened vessel next summer, sailing from Resolute for ten days. Departure on August 23, 2018, costs from US$ 6,795pp excluding flights. oneoceanexpeditions.com.
A cricket theme has been added to a Medieval Cities And River Seine cruise aboard Magellan, sailing from Tilbury. There will be visits to Amsterdam, Antwerp, Rouen and Honfleur, while on board, David Gower and Chris Cowdrey will talk about their careers. Fares for this six-night cruise departing on October 24, 2017, are from £499pp. cruiseandmaritime.com, 0844 998 3877.
Kathy Griffin‘s photo of a fake, bloody Trump head has would-be buyers chomping at the bit to have it hanging in their living rooms … but the photog has his price, and it’s mighty steep.
Sources close to Tyler Shields — who took the shot of Kathy holding the fake, bloody head resembling President Trump — tell us he’s already gotten over 1,000 offers from folks interested in buying a print of his controversial art piece … many reaching 6 figures.
We’re told an art collector offered Shields $ 150k for an original print, but we’re told he passed … ’cause he wants more to put it in ink. He has a print size in mind for anyone interested — 72″ x 52″ … a one size fits all type deal.
As for Kathy — who took tremendous heat for the stunt — sources say Tyler doesn’t need her to sign off on any potential sale since he owns the rights to the pic.
At the final count, 9,788 did vote no — much more than the 4,081 who voted in favor of the cuts.
But 20,767 eligible Teamsters didn’t vote at all, and those were counted as a yes, according to the U.S. Treasury.
“Wow, let down from the company I worked for, the union I trusted and the 20,750 brothers that didn’t want to bother,” wrote Daniel Keenan on the Facebook page for the Teamsters Alliance for Pension Protection.
The Teamsters fund is just the third so-called multiemployer pension plan to resort to slashing benefits to prevent running out of money, according to Reuters.
O.J. Simpson‘s actually got some misgivings about his impending release … he feels a bond with his comrades in lockup and is finding it hard to say goodbye.
O.J.’s lawyer, Malcolm LaVergne, tells TMZ … Juice has been bored and sad in his current situation — in an isolated cell for his own safety since he was granted parole in July. He says the decision was bittersweet for Simpson, because he’s developed close friendships during his 9 years behind bars.
LaVergne says O.J. actually “loved being in general population” because he’s super social and feels most comfortable around other people, and he even misses his prison jobs … like being commissioner of the softball league.
Still … LaVergne says O.J.’s ready for a return to normal life, and there’s a chance he’ll get to say goodbye to his prison buddies.
LaVergne tells us he’s working on paperwork to get O.J. moved to Florida to be with his family once he’s released … which he expects to be the second week of October.
Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice told investigators that a mysterious meeting from an Emirati crown prince prompted her to “unmask” members of Team Trump.
The Obama administration official told members of the House of Representative that she wanted to understand why Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan came to New York in December, CNN reported Wednesday.
Rice’s reported decision to internally reveal the names of Americans in intelligence documents has become a focus of some conservatives following the broad investigations into alleged Russian election meddling.
The names are normally kept secret when the U.S. is connecting intelligence on foreign targets, and some have accused her of “unmasking” the names to leak information to the press.
Rice has denied misappropriately using intelligence, and said that she has not leaked any classified info.
The practice of names being revealed internally is common, however, and CNN reported that Rice told House Intelligence Committee members last week that her use of it stemmed from Zayed’s December meeting with Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, strategist Steve Bannon and future National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
Officials from the United Arab Emirates broke with tradition and did not tell the Obama administration about the visit to New York, which was first reported by the Washington Post in April.
The crown prince had not commented publicly on the CNN report as of Wednesday night.
Zayed reportedly acted as an envoy for Trump ahead of another meeting in January in the Seychelles, remote islands in the Indian Ocean, where the Post said that Blackwater founder and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s brother Erik Prince met with an associate of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Prince denies acting for the Trump campaign or administration during his island excursion. It was not immediately clear what was discussed.
Investigations in the House, Senate, FBI and Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office are currently looking into alleged election meddling and whether Trump’s campaign colluded in any way with Moscow.
Both Kushner and Flynn, who resigned in February over his contacts with then Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak, have become centers of the probe.