Dermot Shea leaves City Hall in New York with his wife, Serena, after being named commisioner of the New York Police Department – the largest police force in the United States. Photograph: Dave Sanders/The New York Times

The New York Police Department has long been known as a bastion of Irish-America. On Monday that tradition continued when Dermot Shea was named the ne(...)

Gwen Carr (centre) holds a portrait of her son Eric Garner in New York in July, 2015.  File photograph: Mark Kauzlarich/The New York Times

The disciplinary trial of the New York City police officer, who put Eric Garner, an unarmed black man, in a chokehold which contributed to his death, (...)

Candles are seen at a memorial for Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York last year. New York City has reached a settlement with the family of Mr  Garner, who died after being put in a chokehold by police last July, agreeing to pay $5.9 million to resolve the claim. Photograph: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters.

New York City reached a settlement with the family of Eric Garner on Monday, agreeing to pay $5.9 million (€5.3 million) to resolve a wrongful death c(...)

A protester flees as police officers try to disperse a crowd comprised largely of student demonstrators during a protest against police violence in Berkeley, California, yesterday. Photograph: Noah Berger/Reuters

New York mayor Bill de Blasio on Sunday refused to endorse a grand jury’s decision not to indict a police officer over the choking death of a man i(...)

Police arrest protesters   along FDR Drive in Manhattan in New York City as thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of New York demanding justice for the death of Eric Garner. Photograph: Eric Thayer/Reuters

Protesters in New York and other cities rallied for a third night on Friday denouncing the use of deadly force by police against minorities.The protes(...)

Police arrest a protester on  the West Side Highway in New York on December 4th, 2014.Photograph: Yana Paskova/Getty Images

Protests flared in the US for a second night on Thursday following the decision by a New York grand jury not to indict a white police officer for the (...)

Thousands of protesters shout at police and fill the streets of Manhattan, angered by a New York City grand jury’s decision not to charge white police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of unarmed black man Eric Garner. Photograph: Adrees Latif/Reuters

Hillary Clinton has said the US criminal justice system is “out of balance” and she supports federal reviews of police-involved deaths of unarmed blac(...)

Protesters take part in a “lie-in” in Grand Central terminal, Manhattan after a New York City grand jury returned no indictment against a white police officer in the death of Eric Garner.  There are more protests planned across New York tonight. Photograph: Simon Carswell

A New York City grand jury on Wednesday returned no indictment against a white police officer who used a chokehold on an unarmed black man who died a(...)