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Transit advocates call on NYPD for “using 6,000-pound SUVs as weapons”

By Mark Hallum

Photo of an NYPD cruiser passing through a crowd of protesters along Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn on May 30, 2020 (Video via Twitter / @ clauirizarry)

If George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis wasn’t heinous enough for them, safe streets advocates found even more disgust over Saturday night’s Brooklyn incident of a police car driving through a crowd of protesters .

What Mayor Bill de Blasio mistakenly described as protesters surrounding the vehicle being “badly on its face,” was inexcusable to Families for Safe Streets and Transportation Alternatives, who each issued statements claiming police misconduct.

The incident filmed shows protesters behind barriers and in front of the vehicle on Flatbush Avenue. After objects such as traffic cones were thrown at the SUV, the driving officer stepped on the accelerator, driving past people.

Although no one was killed, this only further enraged the protesters.

“We are deeply disturbed by the videos showing NYPD agents driving SUVs into crowds of people during last night’s protest in Brooklyn. We demand a full investigation into these events and that our mayor hold those responsible to account, ”said Amy Cohen, co-founder of Families for Safe Streets. “Such brutal tactics, like the use of 6,000 pound SUVs as weapons against people, must be immediately eliminated from the NYPD by Mayor de Blasio and Commissioner Shea. These actions are unacceptable and go against the very concept of street safety and Vision Zero that the NYPD is supposed to defend. “

Although de Blasio has said the officers’ actions may not have been based on good judgment, he believes he may have taken every possible action out of desperation.

“It is inappropriate for demonstrators to surround a police vehicle and threaten police officers. It is false at first glance and it has not happened in the history of the protests in this city, ”said de Blasio. “I have watched the protests for decades. People don’t do that. And so, it’s clear that a different element has come into play here which is trying to hurt the police and trying to damage their vehicles. And if a policeman is in this situation, he has to get out of this situation. “

Transportation Alternatives executive director Danny Harris argues, however, that the power dynamic was not in the hands of the protesters, but in the hands of the cops who used cars as weapons.

“It is a shocking sight to see the police, who have sworn to protect and serve us, use their vehicles as weapons against New Yorkers,” said Harris. “As people who have been seriously injured or lost a loved one to violent traffic, we understand only too well the damage that multi-ton motor vehicles can cause. I personally supported the mayor as he pledged to tackle traffic violence while holding a photo of my 12 year old son who was killed in an accident. We hold him to account and we expect him to keep that promise now. “

On Sunday morning, de Blasio announced that he would be implementing a review of all NYPD agents with Jim Johnson of Corporation Counsel and Margaret Garnett, commissioner of the city’s Department of Investigations.

Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered Attorney General Letitia James to investigate the conduct of police over the last few nights of rioting to ensure there had been no misdemeanor. He imposed a 30-day deadline for the investigation.

Three accused in connection with Molotov cocktail attacks on NYPD during Brooklyn protests

By Joe Pantorno

An NYPD police car is set on fire as protesters clash with police during a death march in George Floyd’s custody in Minneapolis, New York’s Brooklyn neighborhood. REUTERS / Jeenah Moon

Two Brooklyn residents and a Greene County resident have been charged with using Molotov cocktails – an improvised incendiary device – to destroy NYPD vehicles during demonstrations across town early Saturday morning.

Brooklyn residents Colinford Mattis, 32, and Urooj Rahman, 31, were arrested in a pickup truck early Saturday morning while allegedly in possession of components of explosive devices which included a lighter, a bottle filled with toilet paper and “a liquid suspected of being gasoline,” according to the US Department of Justice statement.

Their apprehension came moments after Rahman threw a Molotov cocktail at an unoccupied NYPD vehicle near the 88th Precinct in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

Samantha Shader, 27, of Catskill, NY, also allegedly threw a Molotov cocktail at an NYPD vehicle that contained four police officers.

Shader was filmed by a witness lighting a Molotov cocktail and throwing it at the police vehicle near Eastern Parkway and Washington Avenue in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, smashing two of its windows. After being apprehended by the police, she confessed to the act.

An image capturing Samantha Shader, 27, throwing a Molotov cocktail at an NYPD police vehicle. (Photo courtesy of the United States Attorney’s Office)

“When you carry out a violent attack that breaks federal law, the FBI’s New York office, along with our partners in the NYPD and the Department of Justice, will act quickly to hold you to account,” said William F. Sweeney, deputy director of the FBI. Jr., said. “Behavior like the attacks indicted here puts our entire community – protesters and first responders – at risk, and we simply will not allow it to go unanswered. “

The actions of Mattis, Rahman and Shader came as New York – and the United States – was embroiled in unrest following the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police on May 25.

The event, filmed, sparked protests across the country in major cities like Minneapolis, New York and Los Angeles. Some of these protests escalated into clashes with local police.

If found guilty, the trio face a minimum sentence of five years and a maximum of 20 years in prison.

“Molotov cocktails are violent tools of individuals seeking to inflict damage and
damage our city, ”said NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea. “Crimes like these are devastating to their targets as well as to protesters and
their right to freedom of expression which the police strive to protect … I am convinced that the most severe penalties provided by law
will be searched.

The three defendants will appear in court virtually on Monday.

The story of two leaders: Cuomo and de Blasio take different attitudes towards the riots

By Mark Hallum

After an unusually volatile night in Brooklyn and Manhattan in which several police vehicles were set on fire by protesters and other shocking incidents, Mayor Bill de Blasio proposed two key changes to the police on Sunday while generally giving the cops The benefit of the doubt.

This was in stark contrast to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s daily press conference, which deviated from the usual COVID-19 figures – only 56 deaths on Saturday – as he focused on police violence in New York City the night before.

While acknowledging the “impossible situation” the cops find themselves in after the riots started, Cuomo’s most scathing remarks were against the incidents of brutality that continue to create outrage in black and brown communities. He ordered a full review of the conduct of the NYPD in Saturday night’s riots by Attorney General Letitia James with a 30-day deadline.

“shoot all the shots.

“But their behavior is everything. I have seen these videos and these videos are really disturbing. Some of these videos are downright inexplicable to me, ”Cuomo said. “I want an independent, informed review of what was done right, what was done wrong. I want this report in 30 days, I don’t want this to be another ongoing government report that comes out every time everyone has moved on… Don’t shoot the gun, tell the truth. Everyone has seen the video, everyone wants an explanation.

Cuomo ordered the attorney general to conduct the investigation believing self-surveillance is not working, appearing to suggest that a local district attorney cannot be fair in an investigation of the police force he has to deal with on a day-to-day basis. after day. .

“This is a time of reform,” Cuomo said, after looking back at the decades since the Rodney King riots in April 1993.

This contrasted with de Blasio’s statement an hour earlier about the NYPD SUV incident, in which he appeared to take a stand against protesters who had been seen throwing objects at the vehicle.

“I want to remind people that if these protesters just stepped aside… we wouldn’t be talking about this situation,” de Blasio said.

According to NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea, there could have been more arrests overnight and the NYPD would not tolerate violence or destruction of private property.

As for the police vehicle going through the crowd in Brooklyn, the mayor was on the side of the police, for the most part, pointing fingers at the rioters who threw several objects at the SUV. Shea said he was also not happy with the footage. But he also made the difference between a “protest and a crowd”.

Union Square was a chaotic epicenter of destruction with three police vans set on fire, about five others vandalized as well as a police car at 11th and University Place. A most shocking incident on Flatbush Avenue saw an NYPD SUV drive through barriers and speed into a crowd of protesters.

De Blasio’s morning bailiff focused on the 350 arrests made on Saturday night and that he would work towards two goals that he said would be an improvement: removing NYPD officers from the force after a thorough review by counsel for the Jim Johnson Company and the city’s Investigations Department. Commissioner Margaret Garnett. The second facet would be to put pressure on Albany to repeal and replace the 50-A.

State law has proven to be controversial because it protects the identity of cops being investigated for various forms of misconduct. NYPD unions such as the Patrolman’s Benevolent Association and the Sergeants ‘Benevolent Association say repealing the law puts officers’ lives at risk.

According to Cuomo, the state National Guard will be on standby in other cities in anticipation of further protests; Mayor de Blasio was determined last night and this morning the NYPD would need no outside help.

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