Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said he doesn’t “anticipate any problems” in the Big Apple when Derek Chauvin is sentenced Friday in the murder of George Floyd — but an “excess of officers” will be on hand just in case.
“Well, you have to prepare,” the top cop said on 1010 WINS Thursday morning. “We were certainly going to have an excess of officers on standby, but they’re not going to be sitting around.”
“We’re going to have them deployed,” he added. “We’re going to have to deploy [them] in areas where we’re seeing some increased violence, and then they’re going to be able to mobilize at a moment’s notice. I don’t anticipate any problems, but in our line of work you have to be ready.”
Chauvin is set to be sentenced on second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter charges in connection to Floyd’s May 25, 2020 police-custody death in Minneapolis.
A jury convicted the ex-Minenapolis cop in the high-profile case in April, on the second day of deliberations.
After the verdict came down, New Yorkers gathered and marched across the city in droves to celebrate.
However, in the immediate wake of Floyd’s death, multiple demonstrations — including a wave of rioting and looting — swept the Big Apple.
The Civilian Complaint Review Board, the city’s police watchdog, said this week that it has so far substantiated 26 complaints of misconduct against 39 officers, including police brass, over their response to the protests.