New York City police officers have been told to be careful about interacting with black residents after a spate of racially motivated shootings.
Police Superintendent William Bratton told reporters Thursday that the department is asking officers to be “very mindful” of their interactions with blacks.
He said officers should be aware that the “majority” of police shootings are committed by people of color.
“I want to be very clear about this: This is a problem that’s going on,” Bratton said.
“We’re not going to be able to stop every one of these shootings.
But we do have a very good way of dealing with it.”
Police have reported at least four homicides this year in the New York borough of Queens, according to a police report released Thursday.
“In the face of these incidents, officers are asked to be extremely mindful of their actions, especially in their interactions and interactions with people of the same race,” the police report said.
In December, a video surfaced of a police officer kicking and stomping a man who had been shot at a Queens bar.
A police officer in the video later said that he had been told he would be fired.
The officer, identified as David Ramos, said that the man had repeatedly pushed his knee into the officer’s face.
He then hit him with a knee to the face, according, the New Jersey State Police report.