New York attorney general files 'excessive force' lawsuit against NYPD, NYC following protests

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Updated: January 14, 2021 01:54 PM
Created: January 14, 2021 05:54 AM

ALBANY, N.Y. (WHEC) — New York Attorney General Letitia James has filed a lawsuit against the New York City Police Department and its leadership.

In an announcement Thursday, James said the lawsuit is to end the department's pattern of using excessive force and making false arrests against New Yorkers during peaceful protests.

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 with what James says was a failure to "address this longstanding pattern of abuse by not properly training, supervising, and disciplining officers to prevent misconduct, despite the knowledge and public admission that it violated the rights of New Yorkers."

James says her office is seeking "broad relief" that includes, installing a monitor to oversee the NYPD’s policing tactics at future protests and to oversee future compliance with the law, as well as a host of other reforms to address "problematic policies and training failures" that are outlined in the lawsuit. 

Additionally, the lawsuit seeks a court order declaring that the policies and practices that the NYPD used during these protests were unlawful.


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