Cops getting death threats over social distancing arrest videos: NYPD's Shea

Maya Rajamani
May 13, 2020 - 1:02 pm

    NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Police officers have been getting death threats amid controversy over videos that show cops enforcing social distancing, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said Wednesday. 

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    Advocates and politicians began comparing social distancing enforcement to stop-and-frisk after videos circulating online showed New Yorkers of color getting arrested. Data released by the NYPD, meanwhile, shows that the vast majority of social distancing summonses have gone to black and Hispanic New Yorkers.

    During Mayor Bill de Blasio’s daily briefing Wednesday morning, Shea defended his officers, saying he would “not have my police department called a racist police department.” 

    “In the last week, we have had death threats on police officers in New York City and their families over 10-second videos where the police officers are dealing with individuals that, quite frankly, fight not with the police department, they fight with everyone,” he said. “They fight with their significant others, they fight when they go to court, they have open gun cases, they are gang members, and we expect our police officers to do the best they can.”

    “So I would urge caution to everyone now… before a press conference is held on a 10-second video of a street brawl in the middle of the day in Brooklyn, in broad daylight by the way, before it's turned into an agenda for a press conference,” he added. 

    Shea cited the 2014 shooting deaths of Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, the 2017 shooting death of Officer Miositis Familia and the ambushing of two NYPD officers in the Bronx in February as examples of anti-police rhetoric inciting violence against officers.

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