Police union defends New York officer after ‘unacceptable’ video

As the US wakes after another might of “mayhem”, a police union has defended an officer seen pointing his gun at a crowd of people in New York.

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June 2, 2020 9:55PM

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Last updated June 3, 2020 12:07AM AEST

The United States is waking up after another night of widespread protests, looting and “mayhem” in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

In New York, an unprecedented curfew did little to prevent destruction as hundreds of people bashed through windows of high-end stores and stole merchandise as police attempted to control the chaos.

A police union has also jumped to the defence of an officer who was filmed pointing his gun at a crowd of people in Manhattan over the weekend.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio called for the officer to be stripped of his badge after watching video of the incident, which was shared on social media.

“Seeing that video was absolutely unacceptable,” he said on Monday.

But the Police Benevolent Association of the City of New York – which represents thousands of active and retired officers – says the policeman only drew his weapon after his supervisor was “nearly killed” with a brick.

It shared a longer video of the incident on Twitter, showing a man approaching an officer and throwing an object at him, along with the hashtag #FactsMatter. 

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A police union has jumped to the defence of an officer who was filmed pointing his gun at a crowd of people in Manhattan during protests over the weekend.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio called for the officer to be stripped of his badge after watching video of the incident, which was shared on social media.

“Seeing that video was absolutely unacceptable,” he said on Monday.

“We have to always know it is not the place of an officer to pull a gun in the middle of a crowd. Knowing that there are peaceful protesters in that crowd, that is unacceptable.

“That is dangerous … that officer should have his gun and badge taken away today,” he added.

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But the Police Benevolent Association of the City of New York – which represents thousands of active and retired officers – says the policeman only drew his weapon after his supervisor was “nearly killed” with a brick.

It shared a longer video of the incident on Twitter, showing a man approaching an officer and throwing an object at him, along with the hashtag #FactsMatter. 





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