Nobody is above the law, but for too long that’s how the New York Police Department has acted.
NYPD leaders endorsed Trump, embraced the white supremacist conspiracy theory Q-Anon, lied in court with impunity, and brutally attacked the people that they’re supposed to “protect and serve.”
Human Rights Watch went as far as to call out the NYPD’s behavior in 2020 as a human rights violation. “Respond[ing] to many of these largely peaceful protests...“[police] beat up protesters, conducted mass arrests, and fired tear gas, pepper spray, stun grenades, and rubber bullets to disperse and discourage protests,” they wrote in a report about the George Floyd protests.
Officers can’t be treated with special privileges, able to get away with brutalizing Black teens and communities of color. New York’s repeal of 50-a last year, the worst police secrecy law in the nation, was a good start in changing the system.
Now, we need more: we need real police accountability and transparency. We need legislators who will hold the NYPD to task, and we need a Manhattan District Attorney who will aggressively prosecute police misconduct.
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