NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Two NYPD officers have been suspended without pay for their actions during the protests, Commissioner Dermot Shea announced Friday night.
One of the officers pulled down the face mask of a protester in Queens and sprayed pepper spray in the protester's face (video below). A supervisor who was at the scene will be transferred.
The other officer was caught on camera pushing a woman to the ground (video below).
Shea said the following in a statement:
Over the past week, as I’ve said on multiple occasions, we have seen several troubling incidents involving behavior from members of the department that the NYPD is actively investigating.
"Like all New Yorkers, we are acutely aware of the unique times we are in. While the investigations have to play out, based on the severity of what we saw, it is appropriate and necessary to assure the public that there will be transparency during the disciplinary process.
These incidents ... are disturbing and run counter to the principles of NYPD training, as well as our mission of public safety. The actions by these officers stand apart from the restrained work of the thousands of other officers who have worked tirelessly to protect those who are peacefully protesting and keep all New Yorkers safe."