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Mayor DeBlasio’s announcement comes just days after the NYPD was criticized for a controversial arrest of a 22 year old mother for not wearing a mask properly in public.
“Absent a serious danger to the public, NYPD will not take enforcement actions for failing to wear face coverings,”
– Mayor DeBlasio
Mayor DeBlasio wants to reset how the city approaches enforcement of coronavirus orders
“The reset will be this: We start with the fundamental notion the NYPD is here to protect lives, to save lives, and where we see the greatest danger to lives in terms of the coronavirus and the areas where we can enforce is around gatherings, particularly large gatherings, so that’s where we’re going to focus,”
– Mayor DeBlasio
After the announcement from DeBlasio, Police Commissioner Dermont Shea sent an email to everyone in the department.
“We will keep educating people about the benefits — to all of us — of individuals wearing face coverings. Moving forward, however, we will no longer issue summonses or make arrests for infractions related to face coverings — absent of a crime or other violation being committed.”
– email from Shea
Patrick Lynch the president of the Police Benevolent Association was not happy with the announcement and feels that police need to stop being told to enforce social distancing
“Another policy full of caveats and exceptions will create more problems than it solves. The new policy should be a single sentence: Police officers are not responsible for enforcing social distancing or other public health directives.”
– Patrick Lynch
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