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SIEGEL TEITELBAUM & EVANS, LLP

ATTORNEYS AT LAW
260 MADISON AVENUE, 22ND FLOOR
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10016
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November 10, 2016


BY FAX
Police Commissioner James ONeil
New York City Police Department
1 Police Plaza
New York, NY 10007
Mayor Bill De Blasio
City Hall
New York, NY 10007
Dear Police Commission ONeil and Mayor De Blasio,
Todays New York Daily News reports that, at one of last nights protests against the
election of Donald Trump to the presidency, Police, some with their name-plates removed and
wearing balaclavas to cover their faces, were seen taking several dozen protestors into custody
outside the Trump International Hotel & Tower near Columbus Circle around 11:30 pm. (p. 8).
We request that you look into this representation to determine if it is correct. Police officers
should not, and we believe cannot remove their name plates, let alone disguise their identity by
wearing balaclavas on the job. As far as we know, a police officers wearing of a balaclava to
disguise his or her identity is unprecedented, a violation of NYPD policy and regulations, and is,
in and of itself, extremely troubling. If the Daily News report is accurate, these officers need to
be disciplined, of course with due process. Additionally, a memorandum should be sent to all
NYPD employees informing them that this conduct is unacceptable, and that anyone who
engages in such behavior will be held accountable.
We look forward to your response.
Thank you.
Sincerely,
Norman Siegel
Herbert Teitelbaum