NYPD officer scolded for not wearing mask during arrest caught on camera

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May 08, 2020 - 11:53 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The commanding officer of one of Brooklyn’s two patrol boroughs ordered a precinct commander to wear a mask and “lead by example” after video of a social distancing-related fight between police and civilians showed him without one, according to a report. 

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A cell phone video shows the 75th Precinct’s Deputy Inspector John Mastronardi and a group of police officers breaking up “a gathering of eight people” in East New York on April 28, the Daily News reportedMastronardi and a few of the officers aren’t wearing masks, the video shows. 

Following the incident, NYPD Assistant Chief Jeffrey Maddrey, the commanding officer of Patrol Borough Brooklyn North, told the outlet he “made sure and clearly communicated to (Mastronardi) that he has to wear his mask and lead by example.” 

Maddrey also told Mastronardi to “make sure his officers are wearing masks too for their own safety first and foremost, and for the community,” but added that the commanding officer and his officers “may not have had the time to put a mask on” before responding to the incident. 

One person was arrested and charged with menacing a police officer, resisting arrest and obstruction government administration after the fight, according to the report. 

Two other people were given summonses for disorderly conduct and violating social distancing rules.

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