My biggest thought was just disappointment. It’s an endless stream of incidents like this, and every single time it’s sort of the same thing. Politicians talk about how terrible it is and then nothing happens, there’s no follow up. With the officers involved, there’s never any accountability. And the same thing happens a week later. — Andrew Gilbert
My biggest thought was just disappointment. It’s an endless stream of incidents like this, and every single time it’s sort of the same thing. Politicians talk about how terrible it is and then nothing happens, there’s no follow up. With the officers involved, there’s never any accountability. And the same thing happens a week later. — Andrew Gilbert

I saw the officers not wearing their masks in the subway, that’s evident. That’s unacceptable. We’ve given this instruction a thousand times: If you’re going to be in law enforcement, you actually have to participate in following the law. — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio
I saw the officers not wearing their masks in the subway, that’s evident. That’s unacceptable. We’ve given this instruction a thousand times: If you’re going to be in law enforcement, you actually have to participate in following the law. — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio

Unmasked Police Officers Remove a Subway Rider After He Confronts Them
“My biggest thought was just disappointment,” said Mr. Gilbert, who is from Queens. “It’s an endless stream of incidents like this, and every single time it’s sort of the same thing. Politicians talk about how terrible it is and then nothing happens, there’s no follow up. With the officers involved, there’s never any accountability. And the same thing happens a week later.”

The Police Department said on Wednesday that the incident in the video was under internal review. Mayor Bill de Blasio said at his news conference that he expected the officers involved to receive discipline from the department. “I was troubled by that video. I didn’t like what I saw one bit,” he said.

Mr. de Blasio noted that he had not seen the full lead-up to the interactions. “But I saw the officers not wearing their masks in the subway, that’s evident. That’s unacceptable,” he said. “We’ve given this instruction a thousand times: If you’re going to be in law enforcement, you actually have to participate in following the law.”

Mr. de Blasio’s remarks came as he announced that all city workers — including police officers — must be vaccinated by the end of the month or lose their paychecks, removing an alternative option to submit to regular testing.


Earlier this summer, New York City police officials warned that unvaccinated personnel would face discipline if they do not wear masks while on duty. A department spokeswoman said at the time that officers who did not comply would face “appropriate disciplinary action,” but did not offer details about what penalties they might incur.

Vaccination rates among officers lag behind those in the broader city population. About 70 percent of the department’s 36,000 uniformed and 15,000 civilian employees have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, according to the city, compared to roughly 85 percent of adult city residents. The Police Benevolent Association vowed on Wednesday to fight Mr. de Blasio’s mandate in court.
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