NEW YORK (77 WABC) — There have been peaceful protests, but many people across the country have caused violence in the wake of the deadly arrest of George Floyd.
Despite the arrest Friday of fired officer Derek Chauvin, who was seen on video pressing his knee into Floyd’s neck for several minutes, there is concern for more disturbances.
“Nestled into this movement are people whose desire is to be disruptive and we need to be clear on that,” Brooklyn Borough President, and former NYPD officer, Eric Adams told WABCRadio.com.
Adams said those people are the one’s damaging people’s right to protest.
“There are a body of people in this city that want to spit in the faces of law enforcement…and they are attempting to hijack a righteous fight to improve policing in our city,” Adams said.
There have also, apparently, been some bad actors within the department as social media showed videos from Friday night of aggressive behavior by cops, including one officer shoving a woman to the ground.
Mayor de Blasio and Governor Cuomo have set up an independent review to find out what happened. The city’s Civilian Complaint Review Board is also examining the events.
“Our staff is committed to investigating all allegations of misconduct thoroughly and impartially,” CCRB Chair Fred Davie said in a statement.
Adams said officers need to do “effective policing” and not get caught up the emotions.
“Being a police officer you should have thick skin. You’re given two powers that are very dear to Americans– the right to take life and the right to take liberty and freedom,” Adams said. “Those are two rights that even the President of the United States does not have.”