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NYPD union given voice in protest suits

Appeal succeeds

By RICHARD STEIER rsteier@thechiefleader.com
Posted 3/9/22

A Federal appeals court has granted the Police Benevolent Association the right to intervene in lawsuits stemming from the NYPD’s handling of street protests following the May 2020 death of George Floyd, after being convinced by the union that city lawyers would not necessarily protect cops’ rights and interests.

The March 4 ruling by a three-judge U.S. Court of Appeals panel for the Second Circuit overturned a lower-court finding last April that the union did not have a distinct interest in the personal safety of its officers as it pertained to six civil suits filed against the city, the NYPD and individual police officers beyond the representation being provided by the city.

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