My Family Saw a Police Car Hit a Kid on Halloween. Then I Learned How NYPD Impunity Works. 1

So I guess the main thing James Fields did wrong was not becoming a cop before he ran over Heather Heyer.

By Eric Umansky

Pro Publica

Last Halloween, my wife and then-6-year-old daughter were making their way home after trick-or-treating in Brooklyn. Suddenly, an unmarked NYPD car with sirens wailing began speeding against traffic up a one-way street, our neighborhood’s main thoroughfare. The officer seemed to be going after a few teenage boys.

Then, in an instant, the car hit one of the kids.

It was the first of many jarring things my family saw the NYPD do that night. Afterward, I tried to find out more about what exactly had happened and whether officers would be disciplined. There was footage and plenty of witnesses, and I happen to be an investigative journalist. I thought there was at least a chance I could get answers. Instead, the episode crystallized all of the ways in which the NYPD is shielded from accountability.

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One comment

  1. I thought Pro Publica was mainly about getting people (e.g., RAM) sent to prison for exercising their First Amendment rights and defending themselves against attacks by FBI-backed thugs.

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