NYPD Accuses 65 Officers of Misconduct During George Floyd Protests Abused Authority Violence Used Lied Swear

Sixty-five New York City police officers must be punished for their behavior during the city’s protests after George Floyd’s death in Minnesota last year.

Thirty-seven of the worst offenders will be subject to an internal trial, which can lead to a range of penalties, from forfeited vacation days to suspension and eventual discharge from the department.

The Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) advised an additional 28 officers to take disciplinary action through additional training or loss of vacation days.

Protests erupted across the country after George Floyd was assassinated on May 25, 2020 by Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin, forcing the NYPD to calm the chaos in New York City.

The CCRB has uncovered multiple types of misconduct, including the use of force, abuse of power, rudeness and false statements.

Among those who complained, people said they suffered broken arms, broken eye sockets, concussions, nerve damage and lacerations, all at the hands of NYPD officers.

Officers of various ranks allegedly ‘repeatedly and without justification used batons, punches, pepper spray and other physical violence’ against protesters’

NYPD must punish 65 officers for misconduct during the Black Lives Matter protests after George Floyd's death in 2020. In this May 29, 2020 photo, taken from the video of New York police officer Vincent D'Andraia, he pushes protester Dounya Zayer during a protest in the Brooklyn

NYPD must punish 65 officers for misconduct during the Black Lives Matter protests after George Floyd’s death in 2020. In this May 29, 2020 photo, taken from the video of New York police officer Vincent D’Andraia, he pushes protester Dounya Zayer during a protest in the Brooklyn

The council investigated 313 complaints against police officers involved in the racial justice protests.

A single complaint may contain allegations against multiple officials.

The CCRB has completed 127 investigations so far and 103 are still pending.

A police officer is accused of using his bicycle as a weapon against protesters.

“After fully investigating more than 100 cases, the CCRB remains committed to investigating and, if necessary, prosecuting the officers responsible for committing misconduct against New Yorkers during last year’s Black Lives Matter protests,” it said. CCRB Chairman Fred Davie.

NYPD officers arrest a protester during a 'Black Lives Matter' demonstration in May 2020

NYPD officers arrest a protester during a ‘Black Lives Matter’ demonstration in May 2020

Complaints show how officers beat protesters with blunt instruments, unlawfully used pepper spray and pushed or beat protesters

Complaints show how officers beat protesters with blunt instruments, unlawfully used pepper spray and pushed or beat protesters

“The APU is prepared to proceed with lawsuits against the 37 officers who have received the highest level of disciplinary recommendations once the NYPD serves the officers.

“Thanks to the thorough work of our detectives, we will be held accountable for the hundreds of New Yorkers who were mistreated last year. The other 28 officers must also be disciplined, including those who must be retrained on proper manners to deal with members of the public.

“It is important that any misconduct is taken seriously and all officers who commit misconduct must be held accountable,” Davie said.

There were 313 complaints against NYPD police officers during protests against racial injustice in the Big Apple from May to December (Pictured: NYPD officers arrest protesters during a demonstration against the killing of George Floyd by the Minneapolis Police Department on Memorial Day, May 30 2020)

There were 313 complaints against NYPD police officers during protests against racial injustice in the Big Apple from May to December (Pictured: NYPD officers arrest protesters during a demonstration against the killing of George Floyd by the Minneapolis Police Department on Memorial Day, May 30 2020)

About a third of the complaints could not be investigated because officers did not follow proper protocols regarding nameplates, shield numbers, wearing protective equipment that belonged to another officer, not turning on body cams or filling out paperwork properly.

“The NYPD has made significant progress and continues to work to make our disciplinary processes transparent,” said a spokesperson for the department. “Like any citizen, police officers should be given the presumption of innocence until proven guilty.”

The full list of the 65 officers to be disciplined for misconduct has been made public

The full list of the 65 officers to be disciplined for misconduct has been made public

Police Benevolent Association president Patrick Lynch condemned the CCRB report.

“Once again CCRB is carrying political water for Mayor de Blasio and others trying to wash away their own failures during last summer’s protests,” Lynch said.

“Police officers were sent without plan, strategy and support into a dangerous environment created by the irresponsible rhetoric of politicians. As a result, dozens of officers were injured, and now dozens more are being made scapegoats. It’s time the NYPD stopped allowing CCRB to use its disciplinary process as a political tool.”

In January, New York State Attorney General Letitia James sued the NYPD. She said the NYPD’s tough tactics suppressed free speech.

In January, New York Attorney General Letitia James sued the New York City Police Department and its leaders over last year's

In January, New York Attorney General Letitia James sued the New York City Police Department and its leaders over last year’s “excessive, brutal and illegal” handling of Black Lives Matter protests.

James said she found

James said she found “a pattern of deeply disturbing and illegal practices that the NYPD used in response to these largely peaceful protests” (Photo above captured in Times Square on May 30, 2020)

“We found a pattern of very concerning and illegal practices that the NYPD was using in response to these largely peaceful protests,” James said at the time. The ‘pattern of abuse’ arose from insufficient training, supervision and discipline.

“As the demonstrations continued, the very thing being protested – aggressive actions by law enforcement – was on full display in public.”

The lawsuit alleges that officers of various ranks “repeatedly and without justification used batons, punches, pepper spray and other physical violence” against protesters from May 28, 2020 to December 11, 2020.

James said officers also used bicycles and a crowd-control tactic known as “kettling” or “containment,” which she said caused significant damage, in addition to arresting hundreds of “legal observers, medics and other workers carrying essential services without probable cause. ‘

The Civilian Complaint Review Board investigated 313 complaints against police officers involved in the racial justice protests.  The CCRB has completed 127 investigations to date and 103 are pending in relation to apparent police brutality

The Civilian Complaint Review Board investigated 313 complaints against police officers involved in the racial justice protests. The CCRB has completed 127 investigations to date and 103 are pending in relation to apparent police brutality

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