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John Nuthall


March 6, 2024

PBA Files Appeal of Protest Settlement Approval

Hendry: ‘Not too late’ for city, other parties to reverse course

The PBA today filed notice in federal district court that it will appeal the court’s February approval of a lawsuit settlement mandating sweeping changes in the NYPD’s policies for policing mass demonstrations.
PBA President Patrick Hendry said:

“Everyone who has any public safety role in our city knows that this settlement is dangerous and misguided. So why is the PBA still the only group opposing it? Because only frontline police officers’ personal safety and rights are at risk. During the summer of 2020, it was frontline police officers who were pelted with bricks and bottles or bashed over the head with fire extinguishers. It was frontline police officers who confronted the violent criminal agitators who used the protests as cover to destroy property, attack cops and terrorize entire neighborhoods. This settlement is a recipe to repeat that disaster because it focuses solely on the police response while ignoring what police officers were responding to. Our city cannot keep ignoring those lessons, especially with volatile demonstrations already disrupting our infrastructure on a weekly basis. It is not too late for the settling parties to continue to express their concerns publicly and join us in asking the court to reject the settlement.”

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The Police Benevolent Association of the City of New York (PBA) is the largest municipal police union in the nation and represents nearly 50,000 active and retired NYC police officers.