New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea announced that officers didn't violate the use-of-force standards when they drove their police cars into a group of protesters.
Shea testified to New York Attorney General Letitia James's that the preliminary investigation indicates the officers acted properly when they drove through a crowd of people who cornered them during a protest in the city in May.
"I don't want to mess up any internal investigations that are still underway, including by your office. ... I'm sure that the Civilian Complaint Review Board will also join in, but what I will say here is that our Internal Affairs Bureau investigated this information, and preliminarily, we have an accounting of that incident where we have officers in a situation where they’re essentially being penned in by protesters. I think that's plainly evident if you review all of the facts," Shea said.
Shea said the videos of officers driving through the group of people was "intimately familiar" to him. He said officers drove away to avoid injuries after people began throwing things at the vehicles.
"It's on the heels of several other incidents where that same tactic was used. Also caught on video and available for anyone to see where people are penning in police vehicles and then pelting it with a number of items including bricks, including garbage cans and trying to assault the officers," Shea said.
"I'm not saying that the police car was used as a use-of-force," Shea said. "I am saying that the officers were set upon and attacked, and thankfully, they were able to get out of that situation with, to my knowledge, no injuries to anyone."
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