Nearly 2,000 NYPD cops stationed at 1 Police Plaza ranked lieutenant and below were ordered to dress in full riot gear Tuesday ahead of planned protests in Union Square against a grand jury’s decision to not indict the Ferguson cop who shot Michael Brown.
The rare mobilization announcement was made via loud speaker at police headquarters.
“All uniformed members of the service assigned to headquarters are ordered to appear in the first floor auditorium with bullet resistant vests, helmets, batons, reflective vests and tactical response hoods. Full compliance is mandatory,” the announcement said.
Officers were expected to receive assignments at the meeting, sources said.
An NYPD spokesperson said the call to arms was only a drill but sources said it’s in preparation for the evening protests.
Protests were planned around the world and across the New York area, a day after it was announced that Officer Darrell Wilson wouldn’t be charged with shooting and killing unarmed 18-year-old Brown last August.
A dozen New York City council members staged their own walk-out at Tuesday’s 1 p.m. meeting.
When the meeting was called to order, Councilman Andy King began chanting “Black lives matter” and left the room with council members Margaret Chin, Antonio Reynoso, Carlos Menchaca, Ruben Wills, Robert Cornegy, Laurie Cumbo, Rosie Mendez, I. Daneek Miller and Peter Koo.
On Staten Island, NYPD chokehold victim Eric Garner’s family gathered outside the Bay Street post office with other marchers to express their disappointment in the no-bill decision.
“That decision really hurt me with that boy being shot up like that and someone can get away with murder. It’s heartbreaking,” said Garner’s mother Gwen Carr.
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SOURCE: New York Post
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