State AG Seeks Federal Oversight for NYPD, Citing Abuse of Protesters

By Kevin Deutsch
kdeutsch@bronxjusticenews.com

New York State Attorney General Letitia James has filed a lawsuit seeking a federal monitor to oversee the NYPD—the first time the empire state’s AG has ever sued the city’s police force.

The lawsuit, according to James, is the result of lawless NYPD practices and widespread abuse of Black Lives Matter protesters following George Floyd’s killing by police last year.

According to James, the suit accuses “the NYPD, the City of New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea, and NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan with failing to address this longstanding pattern of abuse by not properly training, supervising, and disciplining officers to prevent misconduct, despite knowledge and public admission that it violated the rights of New Yorkers.”

James said the police department’s officers  “unlawfully arrested legal observers, medics, and other workers performing essential services without probable cause and in direct violation of executive orders from Mayor de Blasio.”

The NYPD is already under partial federal oversight for its once widespread — and illegal — stop and frisk practices. But the scope of the oversight sought by James’ suit would be much broader.

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Kevin Deutsch is a Staff Writer for Bronx Justice News covering the criminal justice system, drugs, and DNA use by law enforcement. An award-winning journalist, Deutsch is the author of the true crime books "Pill City" and "The Triangle." He has worked on staff at the Daily News, Miami Herald, Newsday, The Palm Beach Post, and The Riverdale Press. His work has also appeared in Newsweek, Columbia Journalism Review, The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Forward, The Independent, Huffington Post, Orlando Sentinel, and the New York Post, among other publications. His numerous television appearances include spots on CNN, MSNBC, and C-SPAN's BookTV. He has also been featured in The New Yorker. A Bronx resident, Deutsch hosts the true crime podcast "A Dark Turn" on the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network.