City criticizes timeline for probe into NYPD handling of George Floyd protests
The city’s probe into misconduct complaints over the NYPD’s response to the George Floyd protests “cannot be completed responsibly” under the mayor’s timeline, according to Department of Investigation Commissioner Margaret Garnett.
“An investigation of this nature and complexity, in these circumstances, cannot be completed responsibly in a matter of weeks,” Garnett said Wednesday after sending a letter to city lawmakers.
The commissioner wrote in the letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Oversight Committee Chair Ritchie Torres that the agency will try to meet the Aug. 31 deadline, but the probe’s findings may have to come out in multiple reports.
“First, the sheer volume of materials compels a more deliberative timeline. … Second, if there is to be individual accountability for officers involved in specific incidents, the disciplinary process and criminal investigations must be given precedence,” Garnett wrote.
The probe’s impartiality was questioned after de Blasio announced the review would be handled by Garnett and New York City Corporation Counsel James Johnson, who defends the city against police brutality lawsuits.
The commissioner, though, reaffirmed her agency’s “independence and a total fidelity to apolitical and objective fact-finding.”
Garnett wrote to lawmakers that she would confer with “Johnson, as appropriate, to ensure that DOI’s investigation does not interfere with his review of policy questions and other factors that may have contributed to the protest environment and response.”
City Hall did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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