This Guardian article reports on a video showing a New York Police Department vehicle pushing through a crowd of protestors about four days ago. (The article says “plowing,” but you can watch the video for yourself and see what you prefer to call it.) The piece begins:
It doesn’t take long to blow up a reputation. In the case of the New York police department, an institution with an already troubled history, the clip lasted all of 27 seconds.
Does the NYPD really have a reputation for police brutality, specifically for brutality committed in the past ~20 years?* Is this violence greater than that committed by comparable police forces?** Are there any official or otherwise authoritative explanations for this misconduct?
* I narrowed to this more recent history for the sake of relevance.
** I ask this just to make sense of any statistics on police brutality. For example, Wikipedia lists instances of police misconduct, but I do not know if the quantity or frequency of malfeasance is a lot, a little, or just average.