NY attorney general files lawsuit against NYPD for claims of ‘excessive force’ during peaceful protests
New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit against the NYPD on Thursday.
The attorney general says she wants the NYPD and its leadership "to end its pattern of using excessive force and making false arrests against New Yorkers during peaceful protests."
James accuses the NYPD of illegal and harmful conduct against residents during the recent protests against racial injustice as well as during protests from years prior.
The general is charging for the failure to address the "longstanding pattern of abuse by not properly training, supervising, and disciplining officers to prevent misconduct, despite knowledge and public admission that it violated the rights of New Yorkers."
The lawsuit specifically charges the NYPD, the City of New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea, and NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan.
“There is no question that the NYPD engaged in a pattern of excessive, brutal, and unlawful force against peaceful protesters,” says Attorney General James. “With today’s lawsuit, this longstanding pattern of brutal and illegal force ends. No one is above the law — not even the individuals charged with enforcing it.”
As part of the attorney general’s inquiry, the NYC PBA submitted a written testimony.
President of the Police Benevolent Association Patrick J. Lynch says in a statement, "We will say it again: what we witnessed in June was a failure of New York City's leadership. They sent cops out to police unprecedented protests and violent riots with no plan, no strategy and no support. They should be forced to answer for the resulting chaos, instead of pointing fingers at cops on the streets and ignoring the criminals who attacked us with bricks and firebombs.”