NYPD Sued By State Over Handling Of Black Lives Matter Protests

Jan 14, 2021

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  New York City’s police department is being sued by the state in regards to handling of protesters.  

State attorney general Letitia James accuses the department of violating the rights of demonstrators as throngs of them took to the streets in the Spring to protest police brutality.  She says there was a pattern of abuse including unjustified use of batons and pepper spray.  James names Mayor Bill de Blasio and the police commissioner in the suit.

“They did not train.  They did not supervise.  They did not stop officers who engaged in this misconduct and they did not discipline them either.”

James wants reforms and federal oversight of the NYPD.  The police department responded saying it welcomes reform. Mayor de Blasio says federal oversight will no speed up the process for reform.