NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)New York Attorney General Letitia James updated the investigation into the NYPD’s response to recent protests throughout the city.

The preliminary report includes a detailed account of interactions between officers and protesters between late May and June.

It also includes recommendations for police reform.

WEB EXTRA: Read the preliminary report (.pdf)

Her office held public hearings last month, with testimony from more than 100 witnesses.


From NYPD vehicles lurching into crowds to Molotov cocktails being thrown at police cruisers, cameras have captured tense and sometimes violent moments between protesters and police in the wake of George Floyd‘s killing.

Some officers were disciplined by the department for actions observed during the protests.

PHOTO GALLERY: George Floyd’s Death Prompts Days Of Protests In NYC

While the investigation is ongoing, James says New Yorkers have lost faith in the police and the process to get justice.

“The police should not police themselves, period. And it requires change, and it requires reform, and it requires transparency and accountability,” James said. “At this point in time, why is this one agency treated so differently than all of the others?”

In response, the NYPD called on state and local law enforcement and elected officials to come together to solves the current crisis instead of “rehashing rhetoric.”


  1. CYRUS says:

    I don’t think it is a factual assessment by James that New Yorker’s have lost faith in the police, and further puts forth an anti police message which is damaging and unnecessary. Polling for the most part does not support this claim either. And though there should certainly be more accountability, and transparency in regards to policing, her message is a bit one sided. Both the police as well as protestors could have done things a little more responsibly at different points during the protests..

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