State news in brief

Cops caught cursing, drawing NYPD probe

NEW YORK (AP) — Two police officers assigned to patrol New York City’s desolate streets were put under department investigation Thursday after a video showed them purportedly making profane comments to a man over their police vehicle’s loudspeaker.

Video posted on social media showed officers in a police department SUV on Wednesday night telling the man to “shut the [expletive] up” and threatening to “slap the [expletive] out of” him as he screamed out from a midtown Manhattan sidewalk.

The NYPD said it has opened an internal investigation into the matter and that such behavior will not be tolerated.

“An incident involving two members of our department on patrol in Midtown Manhattan last night has surfaced,” the department tweeted Thursday.

“This incident was put under investigation immediately and that internal investigation will be conducted as expeditiously as possible.”

Eliel Cruz, an activist who shared the video on social media, said the officers’ alleged actions were “unacceptable.”

Edward Delatorre, chief of the NYPD’s transit bureau, tweeted that he was “equally alarmed by the footage.”

Police investigating death of couple

NORTH SALEM (AP) — The deaths of a Westchester County couple was being investigated Thursday by New York state police.

Troopers were dispatched to a North Salem home just before 2 a.m. and found Barry Naderman, 63, and Peggy Naderman, 64, both dead of gunshots.

An initial investigation by the Westchester County medical examiner’s office determined that Naderman had shot his wife and then shot himself, police told the Journal News.

Armstrong org. starts COVID-19 fund

NEW YORK (AP) — The Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation has launched a $1 million emergency fund to support freelance New York City-area jazz musicians during the coronavirus pandemic.

The organization’s board of directors on Thursday announced The Louis Armstrong Emergency Fund for Jazz Musicians. It is aimed at providing financial support to jazz vocalists and instrumentalists who have lost income because of the coronavirus, which has forced performers to cancel concerts, tours and performances. The fund will give one-time grants of $1,000 to jazz musicians that live in the New York City region and work regularly in the five boroughs of New York City.

Musicians can currently submit an application at www.louisarmstrongfoundation.org; the deadline is Monday evening.

The foundation was founded by Louis and Lucille Armstrong in 1969.

By Josh Bovee

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