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Case not closed: The Department of Investigation’s report on the NYPD’s handling of protests leaves a lot to be desired

Case not closed: The Department of Investigation’s report on the NYPD’s handling of protests leaves a lot to be desired
It took New York City’s Department of Investigation nearly six months to finish an inquiry Mayor de Blasio initially promised would take only 30 days: a dive into the NYPD’s handling of protests after George Floyd’s death last spring.

It took New York City’s Department of Investigation nearly six months to finish an inquiry Mayor de Blasio initially promised would take only 30 days: a dive into the NYPD’s handling of protests after George Floyd’s death last spring.Ribeiro/for New York Daily News) The 115-page report found that “some police officers engaged in actions that were, at a minimum, unprofessional and, at worst, unjustified excessive force or abuse of authority,” and more alarmingly, that “the department itself made a number of key errors or omissions that likely escalated tensions, and certainly contributed to both the perception and the reality that the department was suppressing rather than facilitating lawful First Amendment assembly and expression.“I think if people say, we did our job, but we didn’t do good enough, we need to do better and agree to it and accept it and embrace it, that’s something that I actually feel good about.Probers didn’t interview any protesters, and refused to tell this Board how many NYPD officers were interviewed, beyond the six identifiedin the report.

This is becoming a pattern for the watchdog agency, which refused to disclose whether they had interviewed de Blasio in an inquiry into whether he interfered politically with a probe of yeshiva educational standards.While de Blasio on Friday blamed now-former NYPD Chief of Patrol Fausto Pichardo, who resigned in October, for “a lot of what happened,” DOI revealed in a footnote that staffers never interviewed Pichardo, and declined to subpoena him after he resigned.

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