Faced with rising criticism over conditions at Rikers, Mayor Bill de Blasio has vowed reforms.
Correction Department spokesman Robin Campbell said in a statement Wednesday that Ballard's case is under investigation.
'He was a caring young man.'Ballard's death last September, detailed in documents obtained by The Associated Press and in interviews with two city officials on condition of anonymity, came five months before another Rikers inmate in a similar mental health unit died in a cell that climbed to a suffocating 101 degrees because of malfunctioning heating equipment.
Long before the Agricultural Revolution brought alcohol to humankind, life on the African savannah during the Pleistocene helped design the modern mind.
“The human brain has difficulty comprehending and dealing with entities and situations that did not exist in the ancestral environment,” evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa, of the London School of Economics, says of his theory.
Barry was indicted despite taking the stand in his own defense before grand jurors last week and now faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison if convicted on the top murder count.
He is the first NYPD cop to be indicted on murder in an on-duty shooting since 1999, when four plainclothes Bronx cops were charged with fatally shooting Diallo, an unarmed Guinea immigrant. “She was in her nightgown alone in her apartment with scissors in her hand,” the prosecutor said.
He said mental health and jail officials have started shift-by-shift briefings on inmates like Ballard and are working on other measures 'so that a similar tragedy will not happen again.'More tests are needed to determine exactly how Ballard died, the medical examiner's office says.