A member of the NYPD is facing multiple charges after he was filmed pushing an activist out of the way, according to the Brooklyn District Attorney.
Officer Vincent D’Andraia is the first NYPD officer to face arrest over conduct during the George Floyd protests in the Big Apple, turning himself into Brooklyn’s 84th PCT on Thursday.
According to NBC News, D’Andraia has been suspended without pay since he shoved a woman during a protest late last month.
The local DA was less-than-forgiving with the officer, and denounced his actions in a statement.
“I fully support the long-held American tradition of non-violent protest,” District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said, claiming he “cannot tolerate the use of excessive force against anyone exercising this Constitutionally guaranteed right. This is especially true of those who are sworn to protect us and uphold the law.”
The precinct commander and D’Andraia’s supervisor, Deputy Inspector Craig Edelman, will also be transferred to another jurisdiction.
D’Andraia faces dire straits should he end up convicted on his current charges of assault, criminal mischief, harassment and menacing.
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea has described the shoving incident as “troubling” and “disturbing.”
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