The DOI identified these key areas:
– The NYPD lacked a clearly defined strategy tailored to respond to the large-scale protests of police and policing
– The NYPD’s use of force and certain crowd control tactics to respond to the Floyd protests produced excessive enforcement that contributed to heightened tensions.
– Some policing decisions relied on intelligence without sufficient consideration of context or proportionality.
– The NYPD deployed officers who lacked sufficient, or sufficiently recent, training on policing protests.
– The NYPD lacked a centralized community affairs strategy for the Floyd protests.
– The NYPD lacked a sufficient data collection system to track relevant protest data.
Police Commissioner Dermot F. Shea responded to the DOI report saying in a statement:
“I have reviewed the Department of Investigation report. In general terms, the report captured the difficult period that took place in May/June of 2020 and presents 20 logical and thoughtful recommendations that I intend to incorporate into our future policy and training. I’d like to thank DOI Commissioner Margaret Garnett and her entire staff for their professionalism during this process.”
Mayor de Blasio released a video message to New Yorkers supporting the findings and recommendations of the report. In late May, Mayor de Blasio directed the DOI to conduct an independent review of the protest response.
This is a season of reflection.
I’ve read the Department of Investigation’s report on the NYPD’s handling of the protests in response to the murder of George Floyd. It’s clear that we have we to do something different in New York City.
We have to do something better. pic.twitter.com/nhY12KSNuE
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) December 18, 2020
“It’s a season of reflection right now, that’s what the holidays are,” said Mayor de Blasio in the video. “I read this report, and I agree with it. I agree with its analysis and I agree with its recommendations, because it makes very clear we got to do something different, and we got to do something better.”
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