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NYPD lacked ‘defined strategy’ for George Floyd protests: DOI report

NYPD lacked ‘defined strategy’ for George Floyd protests: DOI report
The department’s lack of planning on how to appropriately handle the surge in protests after Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis cops in May “contributed to problems that then escalated tensions” as thousands took to the streets, the 111-page probe noted.

In a scathing report released by New York City’s Department of Investigation on Friday, the NYPD was admonished for its lack of a “clearly defined strategy” in the handling of citywide protests over the death of George Floyd, which fanned the flames of anger and unrest for weeks.(Gardiner Anderson/for New York Daily News) In the report, the NYPD “acknowledged that the size, multiplicity, and intensity of protests across the City surprised them” and “attributed any weakness in the policing strategy to the initial deployment of insufficient officers.” [More New York] Ex-con being held at Maryland prison charged with Staten Island murder p But the early under-deployment “may have contributed to problems that then escalated tensions even on ensuing days when staffing was more appropriate,” said investigators.” [More New York] Ex-con being held at Maryland prison charged with Staten Island murder p Thousands of people took to the streets in outrage over Floyd’s death, sparking caught-on-camera clashes between protesters and police, including where a cop shoved protester Dounya Zayer near the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, leaving her with a concussion.

(Gardiner Anderson/for New York Daily News) The Department of Investigation report also found that the NYPD’s failure to wear masks during the protests, covering up of badge numbers and use of kettling tactics also didn’t help matters.” [More New York] SEE IT: Man shoves elderly NYPD traffic agent to the ground over parking ticket in Brooklyn p “These statements were unhelpful on multiple levels,” the report found.

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