MANHATTAN — A police officer was suspended without pay for macing a group of bystanders during ongoing protests in the city, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said Monday.
The officer discharged the mace in Manhattan on June 1. Shea did not share the exact location, time or circumstances.
“There are other matters that we are actively investigating and we will continue to be transparent as the process continues,” Shea said. “Trust is critical to effective policing. Trust takes a long time to earn and it is very easy to lose. We will continue to work relentlessly to earn and keep that trust because without community partnership, we cannot effectively do our jobs.”
The officer isn’t the only one in trouble for actions during protests. Officer Vincent D’Andraia was was charged with assault. Another officer was suspended without pay after video showed the officer pulling down a man’s face mask and spraying pepper spray at him.