Dermot Shea

Police booted passengers 21 times for refusing to mask up, the lowest level in nearly a year. Meanwhile, the number of riders who complied with warnings jumped — even amid complaints that some cops are going maskless.
The Civilian Complaint Review Board says Officer Brendan Thompson, who fired the fatal shot, improperly used his Taser and gun, and failed to quickly seek medical help. NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea has final say on discipline.
After THE CITY revealed that Commissioner Dermot Shea told interviewers officers did a “phenomenal job,” the Department of Investigation made the unusual move to post transcripts of interviews with him and another member of NYPD brass.
The top cop, in an interview with city investigators, blamed “outside agitators” for violence during demonstrations after the murder of George Floyd. That puts him at odds with Mayor de Blasio, who apologized for the police response.
Internal analysis found 585 allegations from 2014 to mid-2020 in which Civilian Complaint Review Board investigators confirmed police misconduct — but the board voted to clear the cops of wrongdoing.
Mayor de Blasio brings football’s “Rooney Rule” to the Police Department, requiring brass to interview candidates of color for top positions. Critics say it will take more to break through the NYPD’s mostly white upper echelon.
The NYPD leader and four deputies accumulated at least one allegation substantiated by the Civilian Complaint Review Board — and so did his predecessor, James O’Neill. Some of incidents recall the height of stop-and-frisk.
A departmental trial judge found the officer guilty of misconduct in the incident outside the Mobb Deep rapper’s wake. Police Commissioner Dermot Shea overturned the verdict. The video was released after THE CITY pressed Mayor de Blasio.
State bills, proposed after THE CITY’s investigation, would give final say in police disciplinary cases to the Civilian Complaint Review Board. Police Commissioner Dermot Shea took his opposition to the plan to TV and the City Council Tuesday.
The city’s top cop can overturn internal trial verdicts and change penalties. It’s happened over 40 times in the last four years — even with misconduct captured on video, THE CITY found. Here are some cases fueling calls for reform.
A federal appeals panel dismissed union arguments of potential harm to cops. Now the city awaits the final OK to unleash potentially explosive documents — including complaints against the NYPD’s last two commissioners.
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A mother who lost a son, a cop, a violence interrupter and an academic weigh in on the murder spike that’s accompanied the pandemic — and talk about how to drive the violence back down.
The Department of Investigation’s damning report echoes criticism of police handling of arrests at the Republic National Convention in 2004 and Occupy Wall Street years later. “It is deja vu all over again,” DOI Commissioner Margaret Garnett said.
Mayor de Blasio apologized to New Yorkers after a city report found too many cops were underprepared and went overboard in policing the largely peaceful demonstrations.
A video that captured the May 29 incident at Brooklyn demonstration went viral. Now Dounya Zayer, 21, contends with physical and mental anguish. “There’s no accountability,” she said.
Fury grew after Commissioner Dermot Shea announced there are no plans to bench the cop caught on video punching a homeless man on the subway.
In January, the Police Department quietly hired a white-owned consulting firm to “revisit” the signature reform effort the mayor touts as a cure-all for cop-civilian clashes.
With policing under renewed scrutiny following the death of George Floyd at the hand of Minneapolis cops, NYPD disparities persist, an analysis by THE CITY found.
Days before the viral video showing a young woman knocked to the ground during Brooklyn protest, a Council member called de Blasio to blast officer and his boss.
The “Erase the Database” campaign, to be launched Thursday, marks the latest in a yearslong effort to end the monitoring up to 42,000 New Yorkers.
In an August interview with THE CITY, Benjamin Tucker defended the NYPD — while admitting lack of diversity worsened by legacy of “stop and frisk.”