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NYPD hit by surge in retirement applications from officers

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The New York Police Department (NYPD) is grappling with a surge in retirement applications from its officers, according to a spokesperson.

Speaking to newsmen on Wednesday evening, Sgt. Mary O’Donnell, the spokesperson for the NYPD Deputy Commissioner, described the trend as “troubling”.

According to her, 179 officers filed for retirement in one week between June 29 and Monday.

This, she said, represents 411 per cent increase over 35 who filed during the same time period in 2019.

O’Donnell said the NYPD received 503 retirement applications between May 25 and July 3, representing a 75-per-cent increase over the 287 requests in 2019.

According to the New York Post, the officers are citing “a lack of respect and the loss of overtime pay’’.

This is coming amid a spike in gun violence in New York and move by the city to redirect funds from the Police to youth and social services.

Media reports say the city witnessed 74 shooting incidents with 101 victims between June 29 and Sunday, a period of just six days.

The retirement filings also coincide with continuing protests against alleged racially-motivated police brutality since the death of George Floyd in police custody on May 25.

Sources say the retirement rush has caused a bottleneck that is forcing other intending officers to delay submitting their applications.

“While the decision to retire is a personal one and can be attributed to a range of factors, it is a troubling trend that we are closely monitoring.

“The department is not turning down any applications for officers retiring in the next 30 days.

“But it has told cops putting in to retire after that to come back when a month out due to the increased activity,’’ the NYPD spokesperson said.

New York Post quoted police sources as saying a pending city law that would ban officers from using chokeholds to subdue violent suspects is another driver of the trend.

“There’s just droves and droves of people retiring.

“But there’s no surprise here, who the hell wants to stay on this job?

“Why would you want to stay on this job when people don’t appreciate what you do?’’ the paper quoted an unnamed officer as saying.

Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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Hundreds camping outside NYC City Hall demanding police funding cuts

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Hundreds of people in New York City have been camping outside the City Hall in Lower Manhattan for nearly a week as of Saturday to demand cuts of police funding.


The “Occupy City Hall” movement is asking the city government to slash one billion United States dollars off the annual budget of the New York City Police Department (NYPD), which is often 6 billion dollars.

Most protesters are seen wearing masks, but social distancing is not strictly followed as they are sitting close to each other or lying on picnic blankets. Most of them are young people.

Some placards they have made show their demands, such as removing police from schools and investing in care facilities.

Masks, toilet paper, hand sanitizer and umbrellas are provided at the scene of the protest.

Earlier this month, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio promised to divert city funds from NYPD to youth and social services, but without specifying how much money will be shifted. The city budget for the next fiscal year is due June 30.

The protest follows weeks of nationwide protests against police violence after the death of Minneapolis black man George Floyd. Many protesters have called for the defunding of police.

It also comes at a time when the city is experiencing a spike in gun violence. There have been 477 shootings so far this year, in comparison to 345 incidents at this point last year, ABC reported on Friday, citing authorities.

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At least 19 injured in separate New York City shootings

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A total of 13 shootings have happened across New York City since early Saturday, injuring at least 19 people, local media reported.


The New York City Police Department (NYPD) said on Saturday afternoon that it is investigating 13 separate shootings since midnight, with six in the borough of the Bronx, two in Queens, four in Brooklyn and one in Manhattan, NBC New York cited an NYPD spokesperson as saying.

At least one of the injured is in critical condition. The victims’ ages range from 16 to 47, the report said.

Other details, including possible motives, were not provided by the NYPD.

Police officers monitor a protest over the death of George Floyd in New York, the United States, June 2, 2020. (Xinhua/Wang Ying)

Police officers monitor a protest over the death of George Floyd in New York, the United States, June 2, 2020. (Xinhua/Wang Ying)

The incidents happened on the first weekend since the NYPD disbanded its undercover anti-crime unit.

On June 15, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said the department would immediately transition some 600 plainclothes anti-crime officers to other assignments including neighborhood policing and detective work.

Earlier this week, the department announced citywide crime statistics for May, showing there were 100 shooting incidents, a 64-percent increase compared to the same period last year.

Police officers stand guard at Times Square after curfew in New York City, the United States, June 1, 2020. (Photo by Michael Nagle/Xinhua)

Police officers stand guard at Times Square after curfew in New York City, the United States, June 1, 2020. (Photo by Michael Nagle/Xinhua)

Meanwhile, the number of murders saw a 79-percent increase, the crime of auto theft increased by 68 percent, and burglary increased by 34 percent, according to a press release.

The NYPD said its summer All-Out initiative, which has been successful in prior years, is in effect again this year. Hundreds of uniformed officers will fan out across some 10 neighborhoods that have experienced upticks in crime.

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New York City Police Department to disband plainclothes anti-crime unit

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The New York City Police Department (NYPD) will transition some 600 plainclothes anti-crime officers to other assignments including neighborhood policing and detective work, the NYPD commissioner said on Monday.


At a press conference at the NYPD headquarters in Lower Manhattan, Commissioner Dermot Shea said it is “a seismic shift in the culture of how the NYPD polices this great city.”

Officers of the anti-crime unit specialize in undercover operations and perform patrol services in unmarked vehicles, in an attempt to spot criminals of usually violent crimes.

The unit has caused some tension between the NYPD and the community. According to The New York Times, it has been involved in some of the city’s most notorious police shootings.

The overhaul is also “in the realm of closing one of the last chapters of stop-question-and-frisk,” said Shea, referring to a controversial policing practice that often targets minorities.

“What we always struggle with, I believe, as police executives, is not keeping crime down — it’s keeping crime down and keeping the community working with us,” said the commissioner.

“I think it’s time to move forward and change how we police in this city. We can do it with brains. We can do it with guile. We can move away from brute force,” he added.

The announcement came after weeks of protests against police brutality in the city, during which a number of officers were disciplined for using heavy-handed tactics toward largely peaceful protesters, and one was charged with assault, criminal mischief, harassment and menacing for shoving a woman to the ground.

However, Shea noted on Monday that it is a policy shift “coming from me personally” instead of any reflection on NYPD officers, adding that discussions about the overhaul had occurred for about a year.

Last week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a police reform agenda that would ban chokeholds by police and allow for transparency of offices’ disciplinary records, among other reforms.

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NYC curfew lifted a day early following nights of peaceful protests

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio ended the city’s curfew on Sunday, one day earlier than he had decided as the city’s protests have turned predominantly peaceful in recent days.


“We are lifting the curfew, effective immediately,” the mayor tweeted Sunday morning, adding that he saw “the very best of our city” during the protests over George Floyd’s death the night before.

The mayor said at his daily briefing later on Sunday that only four arrests were made and 24 summons were issued on Saturday, in striking contrast with a week ago when as many as 700 arrests were made in one day due to widespread looting and riot.

The curfew was announced and effective on Monday, originally beginning at 11 p.m. However, the chaos in the first night under curfew prompted the mayor to fix the starting time to 8 p.m. and banned vehicle traffic below 96th street in Manhattan.

Saturday has seen the largest scale of protests in the city since Floyd’s death. Many stayed on the streets late in the night despite the curfew, but remained peaceful.

On Sunday’s briefing, the mayor said the city would redistribute the funding from the New York Police Department (NYPD) to youth and social services as part of police reform, but didn’t specify how much and where the funding would come from.

He vowed that it would be done “in a way that we are certain continues to ensure that this city will be safe.”

The mayor also said that the enforcement of street vendors would not be the responsibility of the NYPD, and the job would be taken by a civilian agency.

New York City will enter the first phase of reopening on Monday, with up to 400,000 workers back to work.

“Tomorrow we take the first big step to restart. Keep staying safe. Keep looking out for each other,” the mayor tweeted on Sunday.

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