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NYPD commissioner brushes off criticism of his ‘justice is served’ tweet about Derek Chauvin’s George Floyd murder conviction

New York’s top cop says he’s unconcerned about criticism over his tweet that “justice is served” with the guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial for the murder of George Floyd.

“Is that in the Twitterverse?” NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea asked on NY 1 Wednesday when asked about the blowback he received for his tweet concerning the ex-Minneapolis cop found guilty on all counts Tuesday.

“I don’t give it much credence,” Shea said of the negative responses. “I’m not too concerned on what’s on Twitter.”

Chauvin was infamously caught on camera with his knee on Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds, sparking outrage and helping further fuel the Black Lives Matter movement.

“Justice has been served,” Shea tweeted after the verdict. “NYPD will be out tonight to ensure that peaceful demonstrations have the ability to proceed safely.”

His comments drew backlash from Twitter users saying his NYPD cops make protesting unsafe.

“Remind all members of the NYPD that driving vehicles into crowds doesn’t fall under the umbrella of ‘keeping us safe,’” Twitter user Vinney T wrote in response. “Some of you forgot that last year.”

“You have got to be kidding me,” Jane Sigda wrote on Twitter. “How many lawsuits are you facing for keeping us ‘safe’ last summer? What do you know about justice?”

State Attorney General Letitia James sued the NYPD over its heavy-handed, sometimes violent response to last year’s George Floyd protests.

No arrests were made Tuesday night as hundreds marched in Brooklyn and Manhattan celebrating the guilty verdict.

No arrests were made Tuesday night as hundreds marched in Brooklyn and Manhattan celebrating the guilty verdict.

In an interview on “Good Day New York” Tuesday morning, Shea said his officers learned a lot from last year’s protests and were prepared for all eventualities as the Chauvin trial went to the jury.

“We feel we are much better prepared this time around. We all remember what happened last May and we don’t want a repeat of that on any level,” Shea said Tuesday.

Protesters gathered on Duffy Square in Manhattan Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Shea said Chauvin showed “no regard for human life.”

“I’m glad that’s behind us to one degree but as many of the speakers said yesterday, it’s a first step,” Shea said. “It doesn’t bring George Floyd back. It’s bittersweet. There’s a lot of thoughts here, but all in all it was a very peaceful night in New York City.”

Source (Ny Daily news)

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