NYPD Chief Terence Monahan to cops worried about new laws: ‘We can’t be afraid!’

The NYPD’s highest-ranking uniformed cop exploded in anger during a CompStat meeting Thursday, telling police brass: “We can’t be afraid of doing what we do!” video obtained by The Post shows.

Chief of Department Terence Monahan erupted when a deputy told him that cops were worried about a controversial new city law that in part makes it a crime to kneel on a suspect’s chest or back while making an arrest.

“They’re concerned about [taking] a bag of crack off the right person, the right dealer, and their knee accidentally — unintentionally — going on their back,” said Deputy Chief Brian McGee, commanding officer of the Manhattan North detective bureau.

Monahan, who was injured while exchanging blows with an anti-cop protester last week, interrupted McGee before could he finish.

“You know what? I wasn’t afraid when I was fighting the guy on the Brooklyn Bridge,” Monahan thundered.

“We can’t be afraid.”

Monahan began asking, “Do you know what happens —” when crosstalk briefly drowned out his words during the meeting at 1 Police Plaza.

“What happens to afraid cops is, they end up dead. And that’s what happens,” Monahan continued.

“That’s why there are so many guns out there. We can’t be afraid. You’ve got every DA come out and say they’re not gonna charge that. We can’t be afraid of doing what we do. We can’t walk away.”


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