Brooklyn man gets $75,000 to settle alleged choking suit

The city of New York has agreed to pay a Brooklyn man $75,000 to settle a lawsuit claiming he was choked and unable to breathe during a 2013 encounter with police.

A federal judge approved the settlement last week, and New York City Law Department spokesman Nick Paolucci said that “based on an evaluation of the case, it was determined that the settlement was in the best interests of the city.”

Attorney Jeffrey Rothman said Monday the settlement for Kevin Dennis-Palmer Sr. was “another example of a black man choked and beaten down into the ground.”

Paolucci did not immediately respond Monday evening to an email seeking comment on Rothman’s characterization of the two case.


Teens face felony charges for alleged multistate spree

A Kentucky 18-year-old who police say went on a multistate crime spree with his underage girlfriend agreed Monday to return home to face multiple felony charges.

Dalton Hayes agreed to waive extradition proceedings, according to a jail records clerk in Florida, where the couple was caught.

Hayes’ 13-year-old girlfriend will face charges in juvenile court because she is a minor.

Both teens are wanted back in Kentucky where they will face charges including burglary, theft, criminal trespassing and criminal mischief, said Norman Chaffins, sheriff of Grayson County, Ky. Hayes faces an additional charge of custodial interference for taking his girlfriend away from her parents.

Hayes and his girlfriend were arrested on Sunday around midnight in Panama City Beach, Fla. The pair had been on an alleged two-week crime spree in which they are accused of stealing three vehicles, damaging property and evading police.


U.S. lawmakers meet with Cuba’s foreign minister

Cuba’s foreign minister told a group of U.S. senators and congressmen Monday that his country is open to greater diplomatic and trade ties but the congressional delegation did not meet President Raul Castro, the man who will make many of the key decisions about the new U.S.-Cuban relationship.

The U.S. delegation was led by Sen. Patrick Leahy, who played a key role in the release of American contractor Alan Gross as part of a prisoner exchange that paved the way for the move toward full diplomatic relations. Leahy met with Castro on past trips to Cuba but did not do so again on Monday, two days before Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson arrives in Havana to negotiate the reopening of the U.S. Embassy.

Washington, D.C.

U.S. spies shown tapping into North Korea computers

U.S. spies tapped into North Korean government computers years before that country’s suspected hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment, according to a document that is part of a cache of newly disclosed materials casting light on American cyberespionage efforts.

The document, which the German magazine Der Spiegel said came from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, indicates that U.S. intelligence officials began by piggybacking onto computer spying already being done by South Korea.

U.S. efforts to penetrate North Korea’s computer network have taken on increased prominence in the aftermath of the Sony attack last year.

— From news service reports