Ahiza Garcia

Ahiza Garcia is a newswriter based in New York City. Before joining TPM, Ahiza interned and freelanced for Nightline, Fox Sports, and ESPN the Magazine. She holds a B.A. in psychology from Columbia University and an M.S. in digital journalism from Syracuse University. She can be reached at ahiza@talkingpointsmemo.com.

Articles by

The head of the New York Police Department said on Friday that the shooting of an unarmed black man by one of his rookie officers the night before was an "unfortunate accident," The New York Times reported.

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton spoke about the incident at a news conference alongside Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The Times reported that officer Peter Liang was patrolling a housing complex with his partner on Thursday night when he shot and killed Akai Gurley, 28, of Brooklyn.

Read More →

U.S. Secret Service reportedly arrested an Iowa man in possession of a .30-30 rifle and ammunition on Wednesday near the White House, The The New York Times.

The man was identified as Renae Kapheim, 41, according to the Times. He allegedly approached uniformed Secret Service officers near the White House, the Times reported.

“He said that someone had told him that he should come to the White House so he had driven to Washington to do so,” an anonymous law enforcement official told the Times. “The officers interviewed him there and realized that there needed to be further investigating because something wasn’t right.”

Kapheim reportedly consented to a search of his car, which was when the hunting rifle and ammunition were found. The Times reported he has been charged with possession of an illegal firearm.

Read More →