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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Amnesty Blasts New York Police

NEW YORK -- Amnesty International issued a report describing systematic brutality by New York City police the same day the department announced a new policy of courtesy and respect for the public.

As with earlier reports focusing on police in Chicago and Los Angeles, the human rights group charged a pattern of widespread use of excessive force -- especially against minorities.

"Much of the abuse seems to be racially motivated," the group said. "We can only conclude that race, skin color and place of residence seem to influence the likelihood of being the victim of police brutality."

Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, Police Commissioner Howard Safir and police supporters said the report was outdated, irrelevant and marked by errors. For one thing, the London-based group misspelled the mayor's name as "Rudolf."

Safir said the report was "statistically inaccurate and based primarily on statements of plaintiffs' attorneys and suits against the city."