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New York attorney general sues NYPD over 'brutal' handling of George Floyd protesters

January 14, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: NYPD arrest protestors for breaking the city wide 8:00PM curfew on June 4, 2020 in the Bronx borough of New York City. Widespread protests continue around the country and other parts of the world over the death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis, Minnesota police custody on May 25. (Photo by David Dee Delgado/Getty Images)

New York Attorney General Letitia James is suing the New York City Police Department and its leadership over its "excessive, brutal and unlawful" handling of George Floyd protests, James said in a news release.

(CNN)New York Attorney General Letitia James is suing the New York City Police Department and its leadership over its "excessive, brutal and unlawful" handling of George Floyd protests, James said in a news release.

The suit, filed Thursday in Manhattan federal court, comes after a monthslong investigation into the NYPD's actions during protests over the killing of Floyd that found that officers allegedly used "indiscriminate, unjustified, and repeated use of batons, pepper spray, bicycles and a crowd control tactic known as 'kettling' against peaceful protestors," the release said.

"There is no question that the NYPD engaged in a pattern of excessive, brutal, and unlawful force against peaceful protesters," said James.

The suit names the NYPD, the City of New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea and NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan as failing to address a "longstanding pattern of abuse" by not properly training, supervising and disciplining officers to prevent and address misconduct, the release said.

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