Mayor Eric Adams has criticized civilians who film police officers arresting criminals up close, warning that it creates a “dangerous environment” and makes law enforcement’s job even more difficult.
“Stop dominating my police officers in the conduct of their jobs,” Adms warned sternly.
“This is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. That’s a very dangerous environment to create when you stand on top of this officer who knows what he’s doing and yell “police brutality”. Yell at the officers, insult them. Now he has to think about who is behind him,” said the mayor.
“If an officer is on the ground wrestling someone who has a gun, they shouldn’t have to worry about someone with a camera standing over them while they wrestle someone,” Adams said Wednesday in College Point, Queens revised at a police academy training session for the NYPDs anti-gun units.
He said while video footage can be helpful in analyzing a situation, there have been far too many incidents where people filming at close range are putting themselves and arrest at risk.
“Unacceptable. It won’t happen again,” he said.
The City Council’s bill protecting citizens’ rights to film police officers says it must be done from a safe distance, but does not specify what that means, leaving the decision to police officers on the spot.
The impassioned plea came Wednesday during a news conference detailing the launch of the NYPD’s new neighborhood security teams, a key Part of Adams’ plan to get guns from the streets.
The teams of five police officers and one sergeant supervisor were deployed in 2021 to patrol areas most affected by gun violence.
Police officials reiterated on Wednesday that the units will learn from this Mistakes made by anti-crime teams and have been consulting with communities to tailor policing strategies to their neighborhoods, The Post reported on Friday.
Department chief Ken Corey couldn’t say how many officers from the previous crime-fighting unit were assigned to the new neighborhood safety teams, but doubled down on the vetting process, which The Post reported back in January.
The officers in these units is also clearly marked as policeunlike previous teams dealing with a complaint from residents and police reformers who have said undercover cops pursuing trigger pullers have led to increased shootings.
“There was a mindset that if there was a crime problem in a particular county or zip code, anyone in that area would be classified as a criminal, especially if it was a young male of color, and that’s why we stopped [and] search everyone … just a wide net,” Adams said.
“We’re not doing that now.”
Teams will patrol in unmarked police cars, which will eventually all be fitted with dashboard cameras.
Officers also wear body-worn cameras to capture every incident.
Corey said the NYPD will review all videos if force was not used, but did not elaborate on how it will review others.
“We need to combine focused, intelligence-led policing with thorough and clear community engagement, and with the launch of our neighborhood security teams and commandos across the city, we’re doing just that,” said Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell at the NYPD Police Academy during the press conference.
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