Fire NYPD Officer Artem Prusayev

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On the evening of Tuesday, January 12, 2021, around 9:00 PM, a group of nonviolent protestors gathered in Downtown Brooklyn, NYC to demand justice for Andre Hill, a 47-year-old Black man murdered by Ohio police. 

84th Precinct NYPD Officer Artem Prusayev, Badge Number 13776, was on the scene alongside a female officer. When protestors questioned why Prusayev was not wearing a mask and exercised their First Amendment rights to demand justice for Hill and all Black Lives lost to police violence, Prusayev responded by pulling out his gun in the direction of protestors, which included members of the BIPOC community. 

Prusayev then looked at the female officer, who did not draw her gun, and put his gun back in his holster. Moments later, however, Prusayev pulled out an expandable baton, aggressively whipping it open. 

This is a clear show of excessive force, and was in fact condemned by Keith Ross, a former master instructor for the NYPD Police Academy. 

Protestors did not touch, menace, or threaten Prusayev. They held phones, not weapons, in their hands. There is no justification for his actions. Nonviolent protestors must never have guns pulled on them. 

On the evening of the 12th, Prusayev also chose to wear several patches on his uniform, including ones reading, "Caution: Does Not Play Well With Others," and "City of NY 2020 Riots." 

Additionally, Prusayev has had two complaints of excessive physical force filed against him, including one in 2020 where he is alleged to have broken four ribs and two fingers of a protestor. 

On the night of January 13, 2021, a group of roughly 50 protestors gathered outside the 84th precinct to nonviolently demand that Artem be fired. Phone calls to the precinct and the voices of protestors outside demanding that Artem and the 84th Precinct's Commanding Officer, Adeel Rana, tell them what action would be taken against Prusayev went unanswered.

Several "Community Affairs" NYPD officers were outside the precinct the night of the 13th. They were also silent. 

We demand that this officer be fired immediately and that his pension be revoked. He is a danger to every New Yorker and obviously not equipped with the emotional stability required to possess a firearm, much less to allegedly "Protect and Serve." 

So far, the 84th Precinct of the NYPD has not responded to comments from concerned citizens or journalists. 

Sign this position to hold the NYPD accountable and demand that Artem Prusayev be fired immediately - and that he does not receive any pension.