It has been three years since the NYPD announced it would train its police force on implicit bias—a decision the department came to after one of its officers killed Eric Garner with a chokehold, a technique the department had banned—but not one officer has received such training to date.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and the NYPD announced it would retrain a significant portion of its police force in December 2014 after a grand jury declined to indict police officer Daniel Pantaleo, who is white, for choking Garner, a black man, to death using the banned technique that summer.
On Thursday, the NYPD’s first deputy commissioner, Benjamin Tucker, said that no NYPD officer has received implicit bias training since Garner death in 2014.
“We are in the process of beginning the implicit bias training,” said Tucker, sitting alongside Mayor Bill de Blasio, police commissioner James O’Neill and other senior officials in the department at a press briefing at police headquarters.
De Blasio, however, has repeatedly touted the implicit bias course as one of his progressive administration’s and the department’s successes.
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