NYPD probing officer’s alleged use of white power sign at protest: report
The New York Police Department (NYPD) has launched an internal review in response to a now-viral video of a uniformed officer appearing to make a white power symbol during a protest over the death of George Floyd, the department confirmed to The Hill.
The video, which has been shared widely across social media, shows two officers standing together during a protest in New York on Saturday. One appears to make an “OK” gesture with his hand, making a circle with two fingers and holding the other three up in the video.
Footage of the incident was shared by rapper China Mac, NBC News reported. The rapper shared on Instagram “So there’s a viral clip going around of white officers throwing up the ‘White Power’ sign. I was taking a picture for my YouTube live thumbnail, and the two officers photobombed it throwing up their signs. What do y’all think about that?”
Another man also provided a copy of the footage to NBC News, according to the outlet. The anonymous man accused the officer of making the gesture “to communicate white power and to say, ‘We’re going to win at the end.'”
The department confirmed in a Thursday statement to The Hill that the incident is under review.
New York Attorney General Letitia James responded to the video on Twitter Sunday, saying that her office is aware of the video.
Thank you. We’re aware of this video.
— NY AG James (@NewYorkStateAG) May 31, 2020
The hand gesture has been defined as a hateful symbol and linked to white supremacy by the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center.
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