After a video of a mother being pinned to the ground and handcuffed by New York City Police Department officers in front of her child went viral, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio has decided to change the rules around enforcing that masks be worn in public.
According to reports, NYPD officers will no longer enforce that a mask be worn while in public.
“Absent a serious danger to the public, NYPD will not take enforcement action for failing to wear face mask covering,” Mayor de Blasio said according to NBC.
The video of Kameelah Rozier shows four officers tackling her to the ground and placing her in handcuffs in front of her young child after officers approached her about her and her son not wearing their masks properly.
NYPD officers have also been accused of enforcing mask-wearing and adherence to social distancing guidelines more often in black communities.