Monday, July 20, 2020

NYPD Commissioner: Chokehold Ban 'Discourages Officers From Policing'

It's almost as if the cops' hearts aren't in it unless they can murder someone with their bare hands.

The Wall Street Journal reports:
Shootings in New York City rose for the third weekend in a row, even as Mayor Bill de Blasio and police officials have sought to implement new programs to stop the violence. 
Between Friday and Sunday, the city had 22 shooting incidents with 24 victims, according to figures kept by the New York Police Department. There were five incidents and five victims during the same period a year earlier.

Mr. de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea on Friday introduced new tactics to curb violence, including deploying additional officers to areas where shootings have taken place, and increasing efforts to foster coordination between police and communities.

In a television appearance on Fox 5 New York on Monday, Mr. Shea said that NYPD morale is at a low point after weeks of large-scale protests over the killing of George Floyd, a Black man, while in police custody in Minneapolis. The demonstrations have called for changes to policing and defunding of the NYPD and other police departments.

In response to the protests, Mr. de Blasio signed a new law that criminalizes police use of chokeholds. Mr. Shea has said the law discourages officers from policing.

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