NYC Mayor de Blasio apologizes for police department's 'excessive force' during George Floyd protests

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Mayor de Blasio issued an apology over the NYPD’s "excessive force" tactics during the George Floyd protests — but he refused to say exactly what he was sorry for.

Hizzoner’s ostensible mea culpa was full of generalities — and lacking specifics — on the heels of a Department of Investigation report that found cops’ excessive force against protesters created "heightened tensions" during the summer demonstrations.

"I read that report and I literally expressed my feelings after I read it," de Blasio said at his daily press briefing, referring to a video apology he tweeted Friday morning. "It makes clear that we should’ve had a better strategy, that we should’ve understood some of the realities that were happening even if they were different, that we need to communicate better."

De Blasio’s explanation — or lack thereof — was in response to a reporter who pointedly asked him "exactly what it is you’re apologizing for."

New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea, left, speaks alongside Mayor Bill de Blasio during a news conference in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

"I don’t feel I did good enough, that’s why I apologized," de Blasio added, again without offering specifics.

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The 100-page DOI report, released Friday morning, highlights systemic issues within the NYPD during the mostly peaceful protests, which took place in wake of the death of George Floyd.

"NYPD use of force and crowd control tactics often failed to discriminate between lawful, peaceful protesters and unlawful actors, and contributed to the perception that officers were exercising force in some cases beyond what was necessary under the circumstances," the city agency found.

"NYPD’s use of force on protesters — encirclement (commonly called "kettling"), mass arrests, baton and pepper spray use, and other tactics — reflected a failure to calibrate an appropriate balance between valid public safety or officer safety interests and the rights of protesters to assemble and express their views," the report also found.

Later in the briefing, de Blasio again claimed to be holding himself accountable before vowing to accept the DOI’s recommendations.

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"I regret that I couldn’t do a better job speaking to the larger situation, that I didn’t understand some of things that we needed to change right away in that moment," he said. "But I see it now. This report shows us what we need to do differently going forward and I’m going to take that as a blessing." 

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