Police Commissioner Dermot Shea railed against lawmakers Thursday for “going too far” to “handcuff” the NYPD by tapping into anti-cop sentiment from the George Floyd protests to further their own longstanding political agendas.
“I think there is absolutely valid causes about what came out of Minneapolis … but I think that people are using that just cause to advance agendas and agendas that existed long before the incident happened,” Shea said on CNN Thursday morning.
“I think we’ve crossed a tipping point on many levels in terms of taking tools away from the police that maybe these last two months it just a completely different situation where it’s it’s a toxic environment,” Shea said, echoing the Chief of Department Terrance Monahan’s statements on Monday.
“There are laws that are handcuffing the police. “I think that we have gone too far,” the city’s top cop added.
The strong statements came a day after Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a package of police reforms into law, including the ban on chokeholds — while acknowledging the law would make cops’ jobs harder.
Shea urged people to forget politics and to focus on the public safety amid a surge in shootings citywide.
The city’s top cop also dismissed criticism of disbanding the NYPD’s anti-crime unit in mid-June — calling the knocks “talking points.”
On Monday, Monahan said the disbanding of the unit, which was tasked with getting guns off the street, had a “huge effect” on policing in the city.