NEW YORK CITY, NY – In the wake of a stand-down order for the arrest of a suspect who assaulted a police officer in June, New York officials have bowed to the will of the mob, and Mayor de Blasio has called for NYPD policy changes directed at arrest procedure decisions.
On Friday, August 7, as we previously reported, NYPD officers came to the apartment home of suspect Derrick Ingram, who lives in the Hell’s Kitchen area.
They were attempting to bring Ingram in on charges of obstruction and assaulting a police officer.
According to the complaint, on June 14 at a protest, Ingram intentionally prevented multiple emergency responders from performing their official duties via actions that included “intimidation, physical force, and interference.” One method Ingram used was failure to control an animal.
In addition, Ingram reportedly approached a uniformed officer who was repairing a barricade, covered the officer’s ear with a megaphone, and shouted loudly. The injured officer had to be treated for “substantial pain and temporary hearing loss.”
Here’s the complaint. The officer who who accused Ingram works for Internal Affairs. Looks like they threw in an obstructing charge on top of assaulting a police officer. pic.twitter.com/7wgooEO0KJ
— Jake Offenhartz (@jangelooff) August 8, 2020
When officers arrived at Ingram’s apartment, Ingram refused to answer the door and instead live-streamed the situation. A mob of about 100 “protesters” gathered at the scene, chanting anti-police slogans.
After a six-hour standoff, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea ordered the police to retreat.
— The E Man?? Remove NYPD security 4 NYC Council (@DETECTIVE4LIFE) August 8, 2020
According to the New York Post, Ingram turned himself in to police Saturday, the day after the standoff.
District Attorney Cyrus Vance reduced the charges to misdemeanor assault and Ingram was released on his own recognizance. Ingram now faces little to no jail time, as opposed to the possible seven years maximum he might have faced for the previous felony charge.
One law enforcement source told the Post:
“[DA Vance] lowered the charge because he is afraid of the protesters.”
Vance’s office issued this statement:
“Our office does not condone the extraordinary tactics employed by police on Friday.
“These actions were disproportionate to the alleged offense that occurred two months ago, and unjustifiably escalated conflict between law enforcement and the communities we serve.”
Presumably the DA’s office is referring here to the NYPD’s use of tactical gear, dogs, and drones at the standoff, which received complaints in the media.
However, one could certainly argue that the question of escalation would not be on the table had Ingram quickly and quietly responded to lawful requests to cooperate.
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The message here appears to be that the mob is allowed to direct police activity.
A Manhattan police officer seems to agree, telling the Post that Ingram’s release on lesser charges is “ludicrous.”
The officer added:
“He attacked a police officer. What does he have to do to get bail, seriously injure a cop? Or worse?”
Police Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch expressed dismay at the DA’s apparent compliance with the wishes of the mob.
“Is there any doubt who is in charge in this city now? The criminal mob is dictating their terms to the NYPD brass and district attorneys, who are tripping over themselves to comply.”
“Police officers want to know: What are we still doing out here? Why are our leaders sending us out to enforce laws they don’t believe in?”
He went on to ask:
“And what are we supposed to tell the New Yorkers who are watching us retreat while violence overwhelms their streets?”
Paul DiGiacomo, president of the Detectives’ Endowment Association, evidently shared PBA President Lynch’s concerns about the safety and well-being of the citizens of New York City.
“As violence plagues New York City, our elected officials are more worried about the criminals who continue to victimize residents and destroy neighborhoods.
“These so-called leaders have a responsibility to keep people safe — and they are failing every New Yorker.”
If someone is wondering whether kowtowing to the mob of “protesters” endeared law enforcement to the protesters, one needs look no further than Ingram’s recent speech addressing his supporters.
Calling himself “traumatized” by “the drones and the dogs and the lies that have been told by NYPD,” Ingram called for the resignation of Commissioner Shea, the very man who had ordered NYPD to stand down at Ingram’s home.
To a chorus of whoops and cheers, Ingram also stated:
“I think we need to focus on addressing the… lawlessness of the NYPD, ending qualified immunity, and creating equity within the city.”
Protesters are up bright and early for Derrick Ingram, whose home was targeted by NYPD officers, dogs, and helicopters for hours yesterday. He tells the crowd his focus is on getting Dermot Shea to resign pic.twitter.com/hwjg7ELU7g
— Jake Offenhartz (@jangelooff) August 8, 2020
According to the Post, an unidentified protester also rejoiced, saying:
“Yesterday, we stood up to the biggest goddamn gang in this nation, and we won. They waved their white flag. They took their illegal occupation, and they backed it down the street.”
Unsurprisingly, Mayor Bill de Blasio praised the stand down order from Commissioner Shea after Friday’s standoff.
“Commissioner Shea made the right decision to call off the operation.”
Apparently opining on NYPD tactics, de Blasio added:
“Assaulting an officer is unacceptable and will always lead to consequences, but arrests must be made properly.”
In a press conference on Tuesday regarding the standoff, de Blasio stated:
“I think we have to make clear that … this city, this police department is never going to interfere with people’s right to protest. It is a fundamental right.”
Suggesting that he would be taking further steps to change police activity, de Blasio then said Tuesday:
“That’s a very different matter than how you go about, and when you go about effectuating the arrest. That’s something that’s going to be handled very differently going forward.”
Indeed, in apparent deference to the mob, there have now been “policy changes” at NYPD.
Although few details are available at this time, New York’s Pix News reports that attempts to make arrests will evidently now be reviewed at a higher level than was previously done.
According to Mayor de Blasio:
“[Ingram’s arrest attempt] was down to the level of sergeant or lieutenant.”
“That’s the kind of thing that needs to be addressed structurally, and I know the commissioner has put additional measures in place to make sure that kind of thing gets looked at by higher level leadership.”
It has already been made clear, through the words of Ingram and his fellow protester, that the mob is not appeased, but emboldened, by limitations and directives placed on NYPD – limitations and directives that favor the mob over enactment of policing duties and the welfare of innocent New York citizens.
One can only wonder how far the leadership in New York, especially DA Vance and Mayor de Blasio, will go in their continuing efforts to please loud anti-police voices.
As DEA president Paul Giacomo says, such behavior is a:
“slap to the face of every NYPD cop and those they are trying to serve.”
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