July 28, 2021

NYPD lieutenant apologizes to colleagues for kneeling during protest

A lieutenant with the New York Police Department who knelt alongside George Floyd protesters apologized for doing so in an email to his colleagues, writing, “The cop in me wants to kick my own a–.”

In a June 3 email obtained by NBC New York, the officer, Lt. Robert Cattani, said his kneeling with protesters “goes against every principle and value that I stand for.”

Cattani was among at least four officers who submitted to demonstrators’ chants of “NYPD take a knee” during a May 31 protest in Lower Manhattan, according to the New York Post, which first reported the email.

The police lieutenant told his colleagues in the email that he had trouble sleeping after he “made a horrible decision to give into a crowd of protesters demands and kneeled alongside several other officers.”

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