Amid 2020 Protests, NYPD Took Hours to Respond to Riots

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 2: A Police officer leaves from a Zara store after a night of looting due to protest on June 2, 2020 in New York City. Protests spread across the country in at least 30 cities across the United States, over the death of unarmed black man George Floyd at the hands of a police officer, this is the latest death in a series of police deaths of black Americans. The city has declared an 8pm curfew. (Photo by Joana Toro / VIEWpress via Getty Images)

The lack of a police response to the nighttime looting stood in stark contrast to the New York Police Department’s deployment of its riot squad, the Strategic Response Group, or SRG, to suppress political protests during the day. When a peaceful march reached Manhattan’s Bryant Park earlier that night, the police were ready: The SRG formed a line to block their advance. When the protesters knelt in the street, SRG officers struck with batons and made arrests. It was one example of many where the NYPD moved swiftly against demonstrators. The previous day, police mounted a “level three mobilization” against a protest in Brooklyn and responded in well under two hours, according to city records. NYPD data reported that at least 108 people were injured by police during last summer’s unrest. The NYPD was roundly criticized by elected officials and in three government reports for using violent riot tactics against political protesters. It was a double-dip failure in public safety: Not only did the city brutalize protesters exercising their First Amendment right to assemble, but it also stood by as throngs of nonpolitical actors rampaged the city’s storefronts. Risks to residents and pro

Source: Amid 2020 Protests, NYPD Took Hours to Respond to Riots

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