NYPD to change its response to protests after settlement denied
A change is coming to the NYPD and how the department will be responding to protests in the future.
A judge denied the Police Benevolent Association’s motion to reject a settlement that would put reforms in place.
The settlement was reached last September to resolve the excessive force lawsuits filed by protesters involved in Black Lives Matter protests in 2020.
Hundreds of protesters made their claims in court, stating that they were boxed in by police during a demonstration that took place in Mott Haven.
An oversight committee will monitor these NYPD reforms that will be rolled out over the next few years.
According to the Legal Aid Society, Phase 1 will consist of changes to the NYPD’s protest training and policies, and Phase 2 will have the Department of Investigation review two protests every half-year, offering the NYPD suggestions.