Paul DiGiacomo Biography — Wiki
Paul DiGiacomo is the head of the detective’s union in New York City who slammed a city report that found that officers used excessive force and lacked sufficient training in their handling of George Floyd’s protest.
Paul DiGiacomo issued a statement on Friday declaring that the over 100-pg report was just another example of NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and other politicians ‘taking no responsibility and using police as a scapegoat.’
‘The irony that the DOI Commissioner is appointed directly by the Mayor of New York City should not be lost on anyone,’ DiGiacomo said.
Paul DiGiacomo Age
Paul DiGiacomo is the president of the Detectives’ Endowment Association. His age is unknown.
Paul DiGiacomo released a report into the NYPD’s handling of summer protests
‘Our brave men and women in blue were sent to do an impossible job by elected officials who send mix messages about what they want and have no experience in these dangerous situations’, Paul DiGiacomo said.
‘As hundred of cops were injured and businesses destroyed, there was only one thing we could count on – no support from City Hall and Albany. Detectives always strive to do the best for every New Yorker. Perhaps our elected officials are the ones who need “new training.”‘
The New York Police Department (NYPD) used overly-aggressive tactics during the wave of demonstrations across the city during the summer protesting police brutality and racism, a new report finds.
Conducted by the city’s Department of Investigation, the probe found NYPD’s response was excessive in part because most police officers involved had not received ‘relevant training’ in policing protests.
This led to heightened tensions between demonstrators and cops.
‘The NYPD’s use of force and certain crowd control tactics to respond to the …protests produced excessive enforcement that contributed to heightened tensions,’ the executive summary read.
‘[Police] often failed to discriminate between lawful, peaceful protesters and unlawful actors, and contributed to the perception that officers were exercising force in some cases beyond what was necessary under the circumstances.’
What we know so far
The 115-page report, published on Friday morning, did not address actions taken by individual officers but rather deep-rooted system-wide issues within the department.
The investigators noted that most protests were peaceful and most police actions were appropriate, but that there were many violent confrontations in which police officers violated citizen’s First Amendment rights.
‘This early under-deployment may have contributed to problems that then escalated tensions even on ensuing days when staffing was more appropriate,’ the report read.
The report also slams the NYPD’s use of excessive force included baton and pepper spray use, mass arrests and encircling protesters in a practice known as ‘kettling.’
One of the most infamous ‘kettling’ instances occurred on June 4 in the Bronx neighborhood of Mott Haven when protesters violated the 8pm curfew.
The DOI report addressed the Mott Haven incident and said policing decisions relied on intelligence without context.
Investigators also found that the NYPD sent out officers who did not have sufficient training in policing protests, they did not have a centralized community affairs strategy for the protests. and did not have a sufficient data collection system to track relevant protest data such as arrests.