At least one member of the NYPD is below investigation for potential participation in final week’s rebellion on the U.S. Capitol.
Appearing on NY1 on Monday morning, Police Commissioner Dermot Shea revealed that there was an “investigation active on one member” of the police division who could have joined the pro-Trump riots.
“There is no name yet released because we don’t know if it’s true or not,” Shea stated. “I can tell you that anyone committing crimes certainly would have a very short shelf life with the NYPD.”
The NYPD didn’t reply to observe up questions in regards to the individual’s potential function in Wednesday’s assault, which left 5 folks lifeless, including a Capitol Police officer. A second Capitol Police officer who responded to the assault died by suicide on Saturday.
On Sunday, the FDNY introduced that they had been providing information to the FBI about members who could have participated within the assault. An MTA employee was additionally suspended on Friday after photos showed him inside the Capitol building following the breach.
In the fallout of Wednesday’s rebellion, several law enforcement officials from throughout the nation have been recognized as collaborating or supporting the far-right mob. Politico reported that off-duty cops and members of the navy flashed their badges in the midst of overrunning the capitol.
President Donald Trump has maintained broad support among police departments, together with the NYPD. The Police Benevolent Association, which represents 24,000 NYPD officers, took the uncommon step final 12 months of endorsing Trump’s re-election marketing campaign.
Ed Mullins, the president of the NYPD’s Sergeants Benevolent Association, which additionally backed Trump, stated he didn’t assist the assaults on the Capitol. “I think he did a good job in office, but I don’t encourage this, and I don’t support this,” Mullins informed Gothamist final week.
Commissioner Shea additionally condemned the assault on Monday, his first public look since being diagnosed with COVID-19 final week. He added that the NYPD would ship a few of its officers to Washington D.C. to assist police the capitol on Inauguration Day.
“Like everyone else I was disgusted with what I saw,” Shea stated. “That’s our country there on full display. Hopefully we never see anything like that ever again.”
Update 11:20 a.m.: At a press convention Monday morning, Mayor Bill de Blasio stated that any metropolis worker who participated within the assault on the Capitol could be fired.
“If we have proof that someone violently attacked our United States government, they will not be working for New York City any longer,” he stated.
Asked whether or not he thought there was a bigger drawback of right-wing extremism inside regulation enforcement, the mayor demurred, arguing that the “vast majority of police leaders and police officers” didn’t assist the rebellion.
“There are some officers clearly around the country that unfortunately believe this kind of racist ideology,” he added. “They should not be police officers, period.”