NYPD Chief suggests cops shouldn’t worry about accidentally violating new chokehold law. Here’s why.

NEW YORK, NY – No more chokeholds in New York City, so says a law signed by the mayor, Bill de Blasio. And it has some New York cops worried about how they will effectively do their jobs.

But the Chief has a message for them:

“Don’t worry.”

For those of you keeping score in the de Blasio versus NYPD, here is where we stand. 

The mayor used NYPD personnel to chauffeur his son back and forth from college at Yale and had them moving furniture in and out of his daughters apartment. 

He skipped the funeral of a medically retired NYPD officer who died of cancer that developed as a result of 9/11. It turned out that de Blasio had to go to the gym that day. 

He is working to reduce the NYPD budget by $1 billion. 

And now, he has made their jobs tougher, by removing a legitimate submission tactic. One that has been taught and practiced for years in departments and agencies across the country. 

Former NBA star Allen Iverson once famously went off on a reporter for asking about practice, saying: 

“What are we talking about? Practice? We’re talking about practice, man? We’re talking about practice. We’re talking about practice. We ain’t talking about the game. We’re talking about practice, man.”

If you have ever played a sport, you inevitably had a coach scream at you, reminding you that you play like you practice. In football, you have four days of practice, 2 hours per day, to prepare you for a single 60-minute game. You have also probably heard a coach say, “Sloppy! Do it again.”

If you were in the military, you know it changed from “you play like you practice” to “you fight like you train”. And you definitely trained. 

It is no different when you are a cop. You train for specific scenarios. Whether it is crowd control, weapons proficiency, or proper apprehension techniques, there are always mandatory classes geared towards making officers better at their jobs. 

And now, after years of training for many cops, city councils and even state-level law makers are changing the rules of engagement on law enforcement and how the game is played.  NYC just happens to be the one in the biggest spotlight. 

So often, we hear officers explain their actions in heroic events by saying: 

“I just relied on my training.”

So what do you say to a cop who has been properly trained in the use of chokeholds and who will fall back on their training in an intense confrontation with a suspect, now that they fear being charged for breaking the law by employing said training? 

According to the New York Daily News, Chief Terence Monahan told NYPD leadership in a closed door meeting that they can’t be afraid to do their jobs. 

A deputy chief from Manhattan North said:

“Their thing is, they’re concerned …. They’re concerned about a bag of crack off the right person, the right dealer, and their knee accidentally, unintentionally going on their back, and then being arrested.

“We can’t be afraid. We’ve got every D.A. come out and say they’re not going to charge that. We can’t be afraid to do what we do. We can’t walk away.”

Pointing to an altercation last week, where the chief was attacked by “peaceful protesters,” he continued to address the concept of fear.

Monahan said:

“You know what? I wasn’t afraid when fighting the guy on the Brooklyn Bridge. We can’t be afraid. Do you know what happens? …. What happens to afraid cops is they end up dead.” 

His comments were not lost on one city councilman, Rory Lancman, who has been pushing for the ban since Eric Garner’s death in 2014. Addressing the fact that chokeholds were already banned in the NYPD Patrol Guide, Lancman said: 

“I don’t know what’s worse — a roomful of NYPD commanders admitting that up until now no one has taken seriously the Department’s own Patrol Guide, or the Chief of Department telling cops to ignore the law because he thinks District Attorneys won’t enforce it.”

There was actually a third option that the councilman left out. What’s actually worse is politicians, that have never donned the uniform and walked the streets of the city to help keep its citizenry safe, passing legislation that puts cops in greater danger than they already are. 

But not everyone in law enforcement is agreeing with what Monahan had to say on the matter. 

The Daily News reports: 

“Lynch added, ‘Chief Monahan’s head-in-the-sand mentality isn’t helping us do our job.’”
So, have district attorneys actually commented on the pursuit of charges in the event that an officers employs a chokehold? 

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance told NY1:

“The city law likely won’t survive legal challenges, partly because it’s preempted by the state’s chokehold ban, which doesn’t include the city law’s language meant to stop cops from blocking a suspect’s diaphragm.”

Earlier this month, Vance said:

In case you missed it, here’s the story we brought you on Terence Monahan and three other officers getting injured when Pro-Police protesters clashed with ‘Defund the Police’ protesters on the Brooklyn Bridge.

Now, three days later, the Bronx man who allegedly punched Chief Monahan and the other officers during these protests has been released without bail.

According to FoxNews, Quran Campbell, 25, was accused of punching Chief Monahan several times in the face as the Chief tried to arrested him after Campbell allegedly punched another NYPD officer and lieutenant during the clash in protests. 

Campbell was arrested and arraigned on assault charges in Manhattan criminal court. He has since been granted “supervised released.” Another Bronx man, Banks Shaborn, 25, was also arrested and arraigned on Thursday after allegedly punching a Lieutenant Richard Mack multiple times in his face during the chaos. Lt. Mack is a part of the department’s Strategic Response Group. 

Police said they recovered a Taster from Shaborn’s pocket and a folding knife from his show. Shaborn, who faces assault and criminal possession charges, was held on a $10,000 bail. 

According to ABYC7NY, police also arrested a woman seen dressed in red who allegedly ran up to officers who were in the middle of an arrest and stared swinging a cane at them, causing injuries.  Chanice Reyes, 24, is accused of assaulting a lieutenant on the Brooklyn Bridge. She was taken to Bellevue Hospital for a psychological evaluation.

Allegedly, the suspects broke both of Mack’s orbital bones. Lt. Mack was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of his injuries where he had to get 12 stitches on his face. Chief Monahan suffered some bruises and a hand injury also requiring some stitches. A total of eight officers were injured during that protest. 

According to 1010wins, Chief Monahan took to Twitter on Friday to criticize the judge’s decision to release Campbell without bail:

“Quran Campbell is captured on video for the nation to witness him viciously assault 3 cops in uniform, 1 who lost consciousness. Judge Robert Rosenthal’s reckless decision to release Mr. Campbell WITHOUT BAIL endangers every NYer and the officers who risk it all to protect them.”

According to ABC7NY, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said in a statement:

“These are the conditions your officers have to operate in every day while they continue to protect your neighborhoods. Such assaults are ALWAYS unacceptable and should outrage us all.”

The bridge brawl broke out on Wednesday morning when social justice protesters in Manhattan disrupted a pro-NYPD march as it went from Brooklyn over the Brooklyn Bridge. According to the NYPOST, on Thursday while on ‘Good Day New York,’ Monahan described the two men who were arrested as an:

“Anarchist group that has been infiltrating this Black Lives movement since the beginning. This is what we dealt with since the first protest after George Floyd.”

He continued on:

“It is a legitimate movement, but it is being hijacked by these anarchists and they are the ones that have been attacking our police officers and are out hiding behind the many, many peaceful protesters that are out there.”

When questioned about Mayor Bill de Blasio’s actions following the bridge attack, Chief Monahan said that:

“Mayor de Blasio called me right afterwards, asked about the officers, asked about my well-being.”

According to the NYPOST, Monahan followed up by saying:

“I wouldn’t expect the mayor to be on the bridge with me as this is going on.”

According to the NYPD, 37 people were arrested in the chaos, which came after days of Pro-NYPD and counter-BLM protesters clashed in neighborhoods like Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, and Bayside, Queens. 

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