Strategic Response Group


The NYPD’s Strategic Response Group (SRG) is a new “group” formed under Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton which Bratton originally said would police protest and terrorist attacks with machine guns.

After much outcry over policing protest with a heavily armed counter-terrorism unit, the NYPD later said there would be separate groups for protests and terrorist attacks, and the group that would police protests would be the SRG and it would leave its assault rifles in its vehicles.

However, after a terrorist attack in Paris, the NYPD repeatedly said SRG was part of its counter-terrorism efforts, and members of SRG were seen around NYC with assault rifles. At the same time, they have become the group that has policed protests almost exclusively throughout the city, which has become problematic for several reasons.

After a particularly brutal attack on a peaceful protest by members of the SRG, including Inspector Ehrenberg, I outlined some of those reasons in the tweets below:

This Gothamist article includes more excellent observations about the NYPD’s Strategic Response Group (and is the source of the featured image for this post).

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