George Floyd Protests

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.
Emails show Civilian Complaint Review Board leaders discouraged staff from confronting the NYPD about a lack of cooperation on abuse investigations. The agency declined to disclose how many officers are facing misconduct charges.
Scott Stringer, who is running for mayor, slams de Blasio for failing to rein in “overly militarized” cops — and says settlements should come out of police budget. Suits are the most since 2004 Republican National Convention.
Prosecutors charged Kathleen Casillo with two counts on Monday for allegedly running over Midtown marchers in December. Those sent to the hospital say the charges amount to a slap on the wrist for her — and a slap in the face for them.
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.
Monuments to Christopher Columbus in the city remain under 24/7 police protection 10 months after nationwide protests ignited a renewed focus on historic symbols of oppression.
Chief of Department Terence Monahan has been dogged by accusations of directing police offers to violate demonstrators’ civil rights since at least 2004, when dozens were arrested during protests of the Republican National Convention.
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More than six months after announcing a day off to celebrate slaves’ liberation, Mayor Bill de Blasio has yet to start talks with municipal unions. Local Black historians are asking why the city isn’t celebrating a key New York anniversary instead.
“Where were the rubber bullets? Where were the mass arrests?” asked a woman hospitalized after an NYPD cop pushed her to the ground in May. For those arrested and beaten in New York last year, Wednesday’s chaos in Washington spurred more pain.
NYPD officers in Brownsville temporarily withdrew from part of Mother Gaston Boulevard as violence interrupter groups and city agencies stepped in. One elected official called the pilot program “defund the police in actuality.”
Here are some images from a year that will forever link us as New Yorkers — offering glimpses into a city again surviving by finding connections even amid heartbreak and isolation.
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.
Dounya Zayer says she has “severe and permanent physical and psychological injuries” after being pushed hard to the street by police during protests in Brooklyn this past May. “Money is never going to make it OK,” she told THE CITY
Meet the Young Leaders of Staten Island, a group that got embroiled in the Malliotakis-Rose House battle and is now forging a role in the 2021 municipal elections.
A new Human Rights Watch report includes accounts of dozens who attended the June 4 protest in Mott Haven. Videos show cops trapping and beating demonstrators.
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A review by THE CITY finds police take a full minute longer than a year ago to respond to shootings and other crisis incidents, while ambulances now arrive faster than before.