Mayor to probe George Floyd protests with independent review

Cheryl Sanders
June 1, 2020

"They are terrorists who tried to murder NYC police officers", Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch said. "And we will continue to do so whatever someone's views but it has to be nonviolent". As the crowd gathered around the vehicle a second police auto approached and passed the first auto on the right trying to bypass the barricade.

The Atlanta police chief, Erika Shields, had one of those tense moments that was captured on video and was circulated on social media as she had a frank discussion with protesters wearing only her short-sleeve patrol uniform.

First, he called upon the state government and Gov. Cuomo to repeal and replace Civil Rights law 50-A, which shields police disciplinary records.

"The Molotov cocktail shattered two windows of the NYPD vehicle on impact and caused internal damage to the NYPD vehicle", authorities said.

There were four officers in the vehicle at the time of the attack.

Despite Mayor de Blasio and Commissioner Shea commending NYPD for their actions during the last few days of protests, the city's public advocate, Jumaane Williams, criticized police for creating what he deemed "unnecessary tensions".

In the video, one police auto, which appeared to have been stopped by a barrier, is pummelled by protestors throwing rocks and traffic cones at the vehicle.

One witness to the incident said the scene in Prospect Heights had, initially, been peaceful.

Ede Fox, 48, said she was sitting in her parked auto on Flatbush Avenue when suddenly the protest turned chaotic when a police SUV sped down the avenue behind the crowd. "They only seemed to stoke the fires rather than de-escalate", said Fox, who formerly worked in city government and ran unsuccessfully for City Council in 2017.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, meanwhile, said he asked NY state Attorney General Letitia James to also review NYPD conduct during the protests. It showed a police vehicle being pelted by traffic cones and other debris while being blocked by a yellow police barricade held up by several protesters. People scattered, officers got out of the SUV, and a protester walked up to the vehicle and busted a window.

There have not yet been any reports of injuries from the incident.

The NYPD also dispatched a number of helicopters that circled above demonstrations to prevent the illegal use of drones and help officers understand what was going on, Mr. Pichardo said.

It's believed that she was arrested about an hour before de Blasio gave a press conference at which he expressed appreciation for peaceful protests, but stated that it was "time for people to go home".

The mood had been light Saturday, too, when largely peaceful protests devolved into scattered clashes between police and protesters later in the evening.

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