Thirty-seven of the most serious offenders will be subjected to an internal trial which can result in a range of penalties from forfeited vacation days to suspension and ultimately termination from the department.
The Civilian Complaint Review Board recommended another 28 officers face discipline through additional training or a loss of vacation days.
Protests erupted across the nation after George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin on May 25, 2020 leaving the NYPD to calm the chaos in New York City.
Various types of misconduct were uncovered by the CCRB and include use of force, abuse of authority, discourtesy and untruthful statements.
Among those who complained, people said they had broken arms, fractured eye sockets, received concussions, nerve damage and cuts all through the actions of NYPD officers.
Officers of various ranks are alleged to have ‘repeatedly and without justification used batons, fist strikes, pepper spray, and other physical force’ against protesters’
NYPD is to discipline 65 officers over misconduct during the Black Lives Matter protests after George Floyd’s death during 2020. In this May 29, 2020 photo taken from video New York police officer Vincent D’Andraia, right, pushes protester Dounya Zayer during a protest in the Brooklyn
The board investigated 313 complaints against police officers that were involved at the racial justice protests.
A single complaint can contain allegations against multiple officers.
The CCRB has completed 127 investigations so far with another 103 still pending.
One officer is accused of using his bicycle as a weapon against demonstrators.
‘After fully investigating over a hundred cases, the CCRB continues its commitment to investigating, and when necessary, prosecuting the officers responsible for committing misconduct against New Yorkers during last year’s Black Lives Matter protests,’ CCRB Chair Fred Davie said.
NYPD officers arrest a protestor during a ‘Black Lives Matter’ demonstration in May 2020
Complaints reveal how officers struck protesters with blunt instruments, unlawfully deployed pepper spray and pushed or struck protesters
‘The APU is prepared to move forward with trials for the 37 officers who have received the highest level of disciplinary recommendations, as soon as the NYPD serves officers.
‘Thanks to the thorough work of our investigators, we will start to get accountability for the hundreds of New Yorkers who were mistreated last year. The other 28 officers must also face discipline including those who need to be retrained on proper ways to interact with members of the public.
‘It is important for all misconduct to be taken seriously and all officers who commit misconduct must be held accountable,’ Davie said.
There was 313 complaints against NYPD police officers during racial injustice protests in the Big Apple from May through December (Pictured: NYPD officers arrest protesters during a demonstration against the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police on Memorial Day, on May 30, 2020)
Around one third of the complaints were unable to be full investigated because officers did not follow correct protocols with some covering name plates, shield numbers, wearing protective equipment that belonged to another officer, did not switch on bodycams or failed to properly complete paperwork.
‘The NYPD has made significant strides and continues to work toward making our discipline processes transparent,’ a spokesperson for the department said. ‘Like any citizen, police officers should be afforded a presumption of innocence until and unless proven guilty.’
The full list of the 65 officers who are to be disciplined due to misconduct has been made public
Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch slammed the CCRB report.
‘Once again, CCRB is carrying political water for Mayor de Blasio and others who are trying to wash away their own failures during last summer’s protests,’ Lynch said.
‘Police officers were sent out with no plan, no strategy and no support, into a dangerous environment created by politicians’ irresponsible rhetoric. As a result, dozens of cops were injured, and now dozens more are being made into scapegoats. It’s time for the NYPD to stop allowing CCRB to use its disciplinary process as a political tool.’
In January, New York state Attorney General Letitia James sued the NYPD. She said that the NYPD’s harsh tactics suppressed free speech.
In January New York Attorney General Letitia James sued the New York City Police Department and its leadership over the ‘excessive, brutal and unlawful’ handling of Black Lives Matter protests last year
James said she found ‘a pattern of deeply concerning and unlawful practices that the NYPD utilized in response to these largely peaceful protests’ (Picture above captured in Times Square on May 30, 2020)
‘We found a pattern of deeply concerning and unlawful practices that the NYPD utilized in response to these largely peaceful protests,’ James said at the time adding the ‘pattern of abuse’ stemmed from inadequate training, supervision and discipline.
‘As the demonstrations continued, the very thing being protested — aggressive actions of law enforcement — was on full public display.’
The lawsuit alleges that from May 28, 2020, to December 11, 2020, officers of various ranks ‘repeatedly and without justification used batons, fist strikes, pepper spray, and other physical force’ against protesters.
James said officers also used bicycles and a crowd-control tactic known as ‘kettling’ or ‘containment’ which she said caused significant harm, in addition to arresting hundreds of ‘legal observers, medics, and other workers performing essential services without probable cause.’
The Civilian Complaint Review Board investigated 313 complaints against police officers that were involved at the racial justice protests. The CCRB has completed 127 investigations so far with another 103 still pending regarding apparent police abuse