Monahan may be grilled over NYPD’s ‘aggressive actions’ during George Floyd protests

Monahan may be grilled over NYPD’s ‘aggressive actions’ during George Floyd protests

February 26, 2021

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The NYPD’s outgoing Chief of Department was expected to be grilled next week by the CCRB over police tactics during the George Floyd demonstrations last summer — as the highest-ranking uniformed officer faced his own set of complaints from the protests, The Post has learned.

The news of Terence Monahan’s sit-down over police orders, which has been compared to tactics used during the 2004 RNC protests, came as his impending retirement announcement was revealed Wednesday night.

Monahan was scheduled to meet with Civilian Complaint Review Board investigators on March 5 and 8 to recreate the chaotic police responses amid the pandemic, law enforcement sources said.

The sources said investigators were expected to focus on the police response at the Barclays Center in late May and the Mott Haven protest on June 4 where Monahan was in charge.

It was unclear if those meetings were still on the books with the official date that Monahan would step down from his post unknown.

Neither the NYPD nor the CCRB immediately responded for comment.

Monahan also faced seven of his own complaints of misconduct over alleged orders and is expected to be grilled over other incidents where he or someone under him may have given orders that led to misconduct or “aggressive actions,” sources confirmed.

Details of what Monahan was specifically accused of was not known.

“[W]e will not be providing records pertaining to this investigation until it is completed so as not to adversely affect the investigation,” the watchdog agency said denying a Freedom of Information request for records detailing the allegations.

The aggressive police response during the Mott Haven protests has been held up as a case example for reforming how the NYPD handles protests.

The Human Rights Watch said in a report in September that police trapped hundreds of demonstrators, with a tactic called “kettling,” until just moments after the 8 p.m. curfew before making violent arrests.

The group said the NYPD’s response violated “international human rights.”

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Dermot Shea praised Monahan in the days after the early June demonstration — saying the NYPD’s plan was “executed nearly flawlessly.”

It wasn’t until the Human Rights Watch report that de Blasio walked back his support for the NYPD’s tactics.

The city’s Department of Investigation Commissioner Margaret Garnett likened the NYPD’s actions during the Bronx demonstration to the 2004 RNC police response — another high-profile incident Monahan led.

The city eventually paid out roughly $18 million to settle a number of police misconduct lawsuits that named Monahan as a key player in executing the questionable police response.

New York Attorney General Letitia James’ lawsuit against the NYPD also singled out the Mott Haven demonstration as evidence of a need for systemic changes “to end the pervasive use of excessive force and false arrests by the New York City Police Department against New Yorkers in suppressing overwhelmingly peaceful protests.”

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