NYPD Officers Punished for Roughing Up Government Employees

NEW YORK - APRIL 06:  A New York City police officer stands on patrol on April 6, 2010 in New York City. Following a melee involving groups of youths around Times Square last Sunday evening, concern is growing that New York City may be witnessing a resurgence in crime. Crime is up while fewer officers are patrolling the streets due to budget cuts in the police department, with more officers assigned to terrorism related security details. Shootings in New York City are up 19 percent and murders up 22 percent over the same period last year. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Photo: Spencer Platt/2010 Getty Images

Two cops will be given command disciplines and could lose vacation time, while a third was reprimanded, for botching an encounter at the West Indian Day Parade, where City Councilman Jumaane Williams and Kirsten John Foy, a city official, were handcuffed forcefully based, they say, on race. A police union president had another take: "It is wrong that all these officers will now face discipline to appease some political purpose," he said. "Again, they were only doing their job." Thousands disagree, presumably.