New York City police officers are retiring in droves following the death of George Floyd in police custody.
Two hundred and seventy-two uniformed officers have filed retirement papers between May 25, the day Floyd died while he was in police custody, and June 24, according to the New York Post.
The number represents a 49% spike from the same time period last year, the department said.
The relationship between the New York Police Department and city leadership has become strained over the last few years but has intensified since Floyd’s death. The two sides have openly criticized each other, and New York City Bill de Blasio recently promised to cut funding to the department and encouraged reforms such as disbanding the force’s plainclothes unit, which was criticized by at least one police union leader.
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said last week that the criminal justice system in New York City is reaching a “breaking point.”
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced plans to cut the city’s police department (NYPD) budget by $1 billion and use the money to fund social programs that he said will address the causes of crime.
“My office presented to the city council a plan that would achieve a billion dollars in savings for the NYPD and shift resources to young people, to communities in a way that would help address a lot of the underlying issues that we know are the cause of so many problems in our society,” de Blasio said in a televised webcast on Monday.
The mayor said the proposal earmarks $500 million for youth centers at city-run housing developments.
UPDATE: After an investigation, the NYPD says there is no criminality involved, suggesting the drinks were poisoned by accident.
“NYPD finds no criminality by Shake Shack workers in case of sickened cops,” remarked John Cardillo. “Well this is odd as most places don’t bleach paper cups. I guess the bleach jumped into the milkshakes on its own.”
An investigation is underway as three NYPD officers were rushed to hospital after being deliberately poisoned with bleach at a Shake Shack in lower Manhattan.
While the officers were consuming their beverages, they noticed a toxic substance had been added and sought immediate medical attention.
An upstate woman and two Brooklyn lawyers were indicted Friday on federal explosives and arson charges for allegedly tossing Molotov cocktails at NYPD vehicles during George Floyd protests in New York City.
Samantha Shader, 27, of Catskill, is accused of hurling the makeshift explosive at an NYPD vehicle occupied by four police officers on early Saturday morning, May 30.
Prosecutors allege Shader bit one of the officer’s legs when she was being taken into custody.
Around the same time, Brooklyn lawyers Urooj Rahman, 31, and Colinford Mattis, 32, were accused of tossing their own Molotov cocktail at an unoccupied police vehicle in Brooklyn during a separate attack.
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New York City Police Department officers are retiring early after losing support from their higher-ups and from political leaders amid mass protests and riots over the death of George Floyd, according to current and former officers.
NYPD officers have worked consistent 12-hour shifts to curb the violence that has ripped through the city and destroyed dozens of businesses. Rioters have looted stores and injured hundreds of law enforcement officers, according to the police, via the New York Post.
Now, rank-and-file officers are electing to take their pensions and exit the force rather than stay in and cooperate with NYPD and political leadership that appears to be more interested in appeasing mobs than backing their police officers, an NYPD sergeant told The Washington Examiner.
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Update (2130ET): What do peaceful protesters pushing for the abolition of police do when they spot suspicious activity, like a man wielding a machete in the middle of the street? Apparently, they call the police.
According to Fox 8, officers with the NYPD 84th precinct arrested two men who were spotted near a rally in Brooklyn with a machete, while reportedly “acting suspiciously.”
The two men got in to a car with Ohio license plates, and tried to drive off, but they were stopped by a team of officers. The men were taken into custody without incident, but a search of their vehicle turned up a mini arsenal, including knives, a sword, a machete, bricks (of course), two-way radios and other suspicious gear suggesting they were planning to incite violence at the evening’s rally.
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Two NYPD officers were shot and a third was stabbed during a violent altercation in Brooklyn late Wednesday night amid rage against police across the US.
It’s not clear whether this case is directly related to the protests.
The confrontation with a suspect began after the city’s curfew when he reportedly approached an NYPD police officer and stabbed him in the neck.
Multiple police officers responded to the scene, one of whom drew their pistol, which the suspect then reportedly attempted to take from the cop’s hands. In the ensuing struggle, the firearm went off twice, striking one officer in the hand and another in the arm.
An NYPD sergeant responding to the initial report of violence arrived on the scene and opened fire, critically injuring the suspect. The injured officers were rushed to Kings County Hospital for treatment for their non-life-threatening injuries.
Most of the looters and rioters arrested by the NYPD over the past several days are immediately released as a direct result of New York’s new bail-reform law, New York City police chief Terrence Monahan told the New York Post on Tuesday.
While the city police made over 650 arrests on Monday night alone, Monahan said that “just about all of them” will be released without bail.
“We had some arrests in Brooklyn where they had guns, [and] hopefully [Brooklyn district attorney] Eric Gonzalez will keep them in, [but] I can’t guarantee that’ll happen,” Monahan said. “But when it comes to a burglary [at] a commercial store, which is looting, they’re back out. . . . Because of bail reform, you’re back out on the street the next day. You cannot be held on any sort of bail. I spoke to [Manhattan district attorney] Cy Vance about that, he told me there’s nothing he can do.”
New York’s bail-reform law, which went into effect earlier this year, eliminates the bail requirement for suspects accused of most misdemeanors, including burglary and stalking. Suspects in violent felonies are still required to post bail. Even before the law was adopted, New York law forbade judges from considering many suspects’ potential danger to the community before setting bail.
A New York Police Department officer threw a female protester to the ground as protests continued in cities around the country.
A Newsweek reporter posted video of the incident, saying that an officer threw her to the ground calling her a “stupid fucking bitch.”
One woman on social media claimed that the woman hit her head and had a violent seizure and went to the hospital.
“The cop pushed her so hard at Barclays & she flung back. She is tiny,” she wrote. “Now she’s in the ER after a serious seizure.”
She also posted video of the incident.
Late yesterday, the American Freedom Law Center (AFLC), a national public interest law firm, filed an emergency motion for an injunction pending appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit against New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his police commissioner.
The AFLC-filed motion asks the federal appellate court to immediately reverse Judge Denise Cote’s recent order refusing to issue an immediate injunction forbidding Mayor de Blasio and the New York City Police Department from preventing public group protests in the City.
The underlying lawsuit, which was filed on behalf of political activist Pamela Geller, challenges Mayor de Blasio’s recent announcement that, pursuant to his executive orders, the First Amendment no longer applies in the City of New York as he has made it unlawful to peaceably assemble and protest.
Immediately after filing the lawsuit, AFLC filed a motion seeking a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction to permit organized public protests that abide by social distancing and face mask requirements. Oral argument was heard on that motion last Friday via videoconferencing, but the judge refused to grant the injunction. On Monday, the judge issued her order denying the TRO and entered a final judgment dismissing the lawsuit so AFLC could file an expedited appeal on behalf of Ms. Geller.
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