De Blasio ‘troubled’ by video of maskless cops shoving man out of subway station

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Mayor Bill de Blasio stated Wednesday he was “troubled” by a video of two maskless cops shoving a man out of a Manhattan subway station on Tuesday after the straphanger requested them to masks up — the police commissioner later calling it an “absolutely inexcusable” incident that prompted the NYPD at hand out minor penalties to the duo.

“I saw one of the videos of a couple officers removing someone from the subway. I was troubled by that video. I didn’t like what I saw one bit,” the mayor responded throughout his press briefing when requested in regards to the footage, which was extensively shared on social media.

“I didn’t see everything except for the clip at the time when the person was being removed, but I saw the officers not wearing the masks in the subway.”

De Blasio predicted the pair of officers can be punished — for patrolling the subway system with out carrying face coverings.

“There’s an investigation underway, [and] I expect there will be discipline in that case, because it’s obvious that they were not wearing masks,” he stated.

The pair of cops had been hit with NYPD punishments often known as “Command Disciplines” for his or her misconduct, which suggests they might lose as much as 10 trip days, a police supply informed The Post.

Image of man being shoved out of station by cops.
The commuter had requested the NYPD officers to placed on their face masks.
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NYPD guidelines require cops, regardless of vaccination standing, to masks up whereas on the job — a rule high division officers had been just lately captured flouting. Federal legislation requires face coverings on public transportation.

During a press convention on the NYPD’s headquarters, Commissioner Dermot Shea known as the officers’ habits “absolutely inexcusable,” and confirmed the officers had been disciplined, 

“There’s no excuse for what I saw in that video. We’re better than that,” he stated. “Nobody’s getting fired over this incident. Nobody’s getting suspended over this incident. But at the same time, I’m not in any way shape or form attempting to downplay it.”

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“I didn’t like what I saw one bit,” Mayor Bill de Blasio responded to the video of the incident.
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Shea added, “I think we’re better than that. I think the public deserves better than that.”

 Janno Lieber, the MTA’s performing chair, stated he was “upset” to see a rider booted from the general public transit system throughout a time when the company is making an attempt to lure commuters again underground. 

“I’m upset by what I saw, I think you know we are at a moment where we are trying as a city, as a region to welcome people back to mass transit systems to help accelerate the recovery of the system,” he fumed to reporters throughout a press convention in Manhattan. “You are the people who are responsible for getting everybody to comply with masking, and with all of the behaviors and rules that we apply to the subway system and in public spaces.”

Image of man being shoved out of station by cops.
NYPD guidelines require cops, regardless of vaccination standing, to masks up whereas on the job.
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“This is a distraction, and frankly, we’re trying to bring riders back to the system,” Lieber added. “I don’t want to see them being pushed out of the system by people who are not complying with the rules the federal government sets. Come on!”

The blowback comes after on Tuesday morning a male cop carried Queens resident Andy Gilbert down the platform and out of Eighth Street station with assist from a girl officer, who pushed an emergency gate open, based on a witness and video of the incident.

“I kept asking why aren’t you wearing a mask. Eventually, he said I was being disruptive,” stated Gilbert, 27. “He said, ‘If you’re not going to ride the train, you can get out.’”

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The pair of cops had been hit with NYPD punishments often known as “Command Disciplines” for his or her misconduct.
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Gilbert informed The Post he was talking with the cops for a number of minutes earlier than the officers obtained bodily. The male officer initially “pretended he couldn’t hear what I was saying, like, ‘Sorry I can’t hear through your mask,’ ” he recalled.

Witness Victoria Hall described the cops’ response as “very aggressive” and was disturbed by their habits.  

“The police just got very aggressive,” she stated. “Normally, something like this, I wouldn’t want to be involved, but it was just really annoying and made me angry.”

“They should have just said, ‘You know what, sorry we should have put them on too. Thanks for reminding us.’ And that would’ve been it.”