Demonstrators brutalized by the NYPD in the wake of George Floyd’s killing are suing the police and Mayor Bill de Blasio, alleging violation of the First and Fourth Amendments, a new lawsuit says.
Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark on Tuesday said her office will move to dismiss more than 300 summonses the NYPD issued to protestors arrested at a June 4 demonstration decrying the police killing of George Floyd.
The NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau is investigating Officer Kevin Hickey’s beating of Jahmel Leach, who suffered broken bones in his face and damage to his jaw and teeth, which he is in danger of losing, relatives said.
Police Commissioner Dermot Shea defended Thursday’s operation targeting peaceful protestors in the Bronx, claiming his department had intelligence demonstrators intended to “destroy property, injure cops and to cause mayhem.”
Amid violent clashes with police, looters damaged local pharmacies, delis, beauty supply stores, pawn shops, and other businesses, busting out storefront windows and making off with property, according to the NYPD.
Widespread civil unrest rocked America this week in response to the killing of George Floyd—a Minnesota man killed by a policeman who kneeled on his head for nearly nine minutes.