Many Police Aren’t Wearing Masks, Posing Yet Another Risk To Protesters In A Pandemic
On May 13, five New York City police officers wrestled a 22-year-old mother to the ground in a Brooklyn subway station and arrested her in front of her young child for refusing to wear a mask. Like two-thirds of New Yorkers arrested for not wearing a mask during the COVID-19 pandemic, the woman was Black.
Less than a month later, New York cops themselves are overwhelmingly going without masks at protests against police brutality and racism ― so much so that Mayor Bill de Blasio, widely criticized for defending the New York Police Department’s violence against demonstrators, pleaded with officers to “follow the rules.”
“It’s just a human decency thing,” the mayor said on Sunday.
Yet masks remain optional for officers in the field. In that, the NYPD is not alone. Across the country, police departments have …continued .
[Source: Huffington Post]