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NEW YORK, NY- Just as news came out that an overwhelming majority of the rioters who ran rampant through New York City last year have had their charges dismissed comes news that some 39 NYPD police officers are facing discipline related to the same incidents, the Washington Examiner reports.

The Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) is recommending the NYPD bring criminal charges…yes you read that correctly…criminal charges against 14 police officers for charges such as abuse of authority, force, offensive language, discourtesy, and untruthful statements, they announced in a report on Monday.

The recommendations came about as a result of the officers’ alleged conduct during the George Floyd-related riots that occurred last summer in New York City.

In addition to the 14 officers recommended to be criminally charged, an additional 25 other officers have been recommended for discipline, according to a report released on Monday.

So in other words in at least some of the cases, the officers used naughty language or perhaps didn’t say please and thank you as they were getting Molotov cocktails and professional-grade fireworks launched their way.

Therefore, the group of unelected bureaucrats believes they deserved to be punished.

The CCRB received some 750 complaints against the NYPD following the riots after Floyd died in police custody in Minneapolis, Minn., from a combination of fentanyl, methamphetamines, heart issues and, according to a jury, a police officer kneeling on the side of his neck/shoulder area.

The list was eventually whittled down to 303 reports which the department deemed credible, along with some 2,000 allegations levied against 460 individual officers. One-hundred fifty-six of the complaints were closed, with 147 pending and 75 investigations fully conducted.

Out of the 75 investigations, 26 were substantiated, 15 were unsubstantiated and eight resulted in the accused officers being exonerated.

The board blamed officers for the slow speed of the investigations, alleging the procedure was slowed down due to the failure of some officers to follow identification protocols.

“The CCRB has seen unprecedented challenges in investigating these complaints particularly around the identification of officers due to the failure to follow proper protocols, officers covering their name and shield, officers wearing protective equipment that didn’t belong to them, the lack of proper use of body worn cameras, as well as incomplete and severely delayed paperwork,” the report said.

The riots resulted in nearly 400 NYPD officers being injured, some severely as rioters ran rampant across the city. In one case, an officer was deliberately run down by a car, while in another incident an officer was struck in the head with a brick. A third officer required 10 stitches to close a wound in his head after being struck with a bottle.

As a result of the mayhem, lack of city support and failure of New York district attorneys to back up the cops by prosecuting offenders, some 5,300 NYPD officers either retired or quit last year, which was a 75% increase over a typical year, the New York Post reported.

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As an example, it was reported this past week that a majority of those arrested by the NYPD on riot-related charges have had their cases dismissed, according to an investigative report by the News 4 I-Team in New York City.

In the midst of last year’s riots, night after night police dealt with unhinged mobs targeting stores, doing their early Christmas looting. So bold were some of the criminals that they even posted their crimes on social media. Now we’re finding out why, since the criminal justice system in New York has seemingly decided none of them are worth prosecuting.

Police made hundreds of arrests in the looting, with most coming in Manhattan and along some commercial areas in the Bronx. Most of the stores ransacked in the Bronx were smaller, mom and pop type stores, not national chains such as were hit in Manhattan.

The I-Team reviewed data from the NYPD which showed that 118 arrests were made in the Bronx in the month of June. Since then, the Bronx district attorney and the courts dismissed 73 out of the 118 arrests, 18 remain open and there have been convictions on 19 others, mostly for lesser counts such as trespassing.

That revelation has business owners livid.

Jessica Betancourt, who owns an eyeglass shop that was looted and destroyed was incensed when she learned of the disposition of criminal cases.

“Those numbers, to be honest with you, is disgusting,” she said. “I was in total shock that everything is being brushed off to the side,” Betancourt, who is also vice president of a local merchant’s association said.

News 4 also reviewed data from the night of June 1-2, where 90 felony and misdemeanor arrests were made. Twenty-eight were dismissed outright, 14 were adjourned contemplating dismissal, with the rest of the cases marked as pending or the accused pleaded guilty or received a conditional discharge.

“We went forward with cases for which we had evidence and a complaining witness. Some cases were dismissed but we held accountable because we do not tolerate violence against Bronx business owners,” the Bronx District Attorney’s Office said in a statement.

“Dismissed” but they were “held accountable.” Talk about your contradiction in terms.

Meanwhile in Manhattan, where both major retailers as well as local shops were broken into, data shows there were 485 arrests, with 222 dropped and 73 where arrestees were convicted for lesser crimes such as trespassing, which carries no jail time. Forty cases involved juveniles and were sent to family court, while 128 cases remain open.

That record of failing to prosecute New York City criminals also didn’t set well with law enforcement sources.

Former NYPD Chief of Patrol Wilbur Chapman slammed the district attorneys’ failure to prosecute so many looting and burglary cases.

“If they are so overworked that they can’t handle the mission that they’re hired for, then maybe they should find another line of work,” he said.

After the riots, the NYPD set up a task force to examine videos and photos to sort out suspected rioters from so-called peaceful protesters. The department said they engaged in tedious follow up investigations which were partially led by Deputy Inspector Andrew Arias, where they had evidence such as photos and recovered stolen property.

Arias said police had to “analyze each case individually” in order to determine if a suspect had been properly identified and could be tied to the crime.

For his part, Chapman said the NYPD did their job, while the district attorneys and the courts haven’t done theirs.

“It allowed people who committed crimes to go scot free,” Chapman railed.

NBC 4 said they reached out to both Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark, as well as Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance. Clark declined repeated requests for an interview while Vance continues on his witch hunt vendetta against former President Donald Trump.

So while certain segments of the law enforcement community are anxious to move ahead with prosecutions, of New York City cops, others are not quite so motivated to move ahead with prosecutions against criminals.

War on cops? You decide.  

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NEW YORK, NY – New Yorkers are reeling from a rash of recent, apparently random, attacks on citizens, leading some to wonder if the “knockout game” is returning.

A 47-year-old man suffered a broken jaw in January after being sucker-punched in the face in the Bronx.  Police described the attack as a “possible knockout game.”

Also in January, Catholic Deacon Frederick Kurr, 74, was sucker-punched as he attempted to swipe his subway card inside a Bronx subway station.

Video footage shows a suspect, who had been standing at an adjacent turnstile, punching Kurr in the face.

The suspect reportedly told Kurr not to call for help, and he also told his victim:

“I just felt like punching someone.” 

Jose Gonzalez was later apprehended for the assault.  Gonzalez is a 48-year-old homeless man with a history of six previous arrests for “punching random victims.”

Another “unprovoked attack” occurred on a Queens subway platform in March, when a 67-year-old man was punched in the face.  The victim was treated on scene by EMS, and the suspect fled.

Also in March, a 65-year-old woman in Manhattan was knocked to the ground and “viciously” kicked and stomped in the head by an attacker.

In addition, on Easter Day in April, victim Judith Thomas, 75, suffered a “random assault” when an attacker punched her in the face as she was walking down a Harlem sidewalk.

Thomas told the Daily Mail:

“This was crazy, this attack. It made no sense. He didn’t say anything to me, he didn’t go for my purse, nothing. 

“It was just acting out in sheer anger and hostility.”

In another interview, Thomas discussed her theory on the direction crime seems to be taking in the Big Apple, telling CBS New York:

“In the ’70s and the ’80s, when we had a spike in crime, I was a crime reporter back in those days.” 

She added:

“It seems like we’re going back to the bad old days.”

According to the New York Post, fearful Upper West Side residents have taken to social media to share concerns and stories.

One Facebook poster reportedly described an incident from two weeks ago, when a girl and her boyfriend encountered a man exiting the subway station at Central Park West and 87th.  The man “tried to sucker punch” the girl, and her boyfriend chased the suspect away.

Another Facebook commenter wrote that he suffered two black eyes after an incident, saying:

“This is happening all over. I was sucker punched by a disturbed man in Chelsea.”

Retired NYPD Sergeant Joseph Giacalone, who teaches at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, advised the New York Post that there are “a number of attacks that some would term as ‘sucker punches’ against seniors and children in NYC.”

He added:

“It might be the power of social media that makes the perception that it’s happening everywhere, but it is a real concern that shouldn’t be taken lightly.”

Some have characterized these apparently random assaults as a possible return of the “knockout game” of days past, in which attackers would slug randomly chosen victims in an attempt to knock them out.

The NYPD has been unable to confirm the re-emergence of the “knockout game,” as “data is not kept to that level of specificity.”

Others believe that current anti-police sentiment in police-defunded New York City has played into the rise of these attacks.

NYPD Sergeant Joseph Imperatrice, a 15-year veteran of the force, and the founder of Blue Lives Matter NYC, told the New York Post:

“These incidents aren’t happening in front of officers. 

“They are happening due to opportunists taking advantage of the anti-police, anti-accountability era.”

He went on to say:

“It is a dangerous time to be out and about strolling in New York City. 

“The combination of criminals and mentally ill individuals roaming the streets equals disaster waiting to happen.”

Imperatrice continued:

“The city needs to get back to old-school policing … high visibility foot posts and patrol.”

Upper West Side resident Jacqueline Bolier appears to agree that  “old school policing” is necessary.

She told the Daily Mail:

“I carry pepper spray because we are now a lawless city and need to police ourselves.”

She added:

“The attackers are generally mentally disturbed people with nothing to lose. 

“There are no mental hospitals and no foot patrols taking place by police.”

Like Bolier, other local residents are exploring self-defense options in light of the recent spate of attacks.

The New York Post reports that many are looking into self-defense classes to protect themselves.

Tsahi Shemesh, former Israeli Defense Forces paratrooper and current Krav Maga instructor, advised the Post:

“There’s a lot more crazy out there. A lot of people unhinged. 

“What we can do is to be more aware. To be more alert.”

He added:

“People are feeling unsafe.”

Shemesh continued:

“[A] lot of people are avoiding public transportation. Avoiding the subways. 

“It’s pretty clear that the city has changed its face.”

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