When a riot erupted in New York City’s borough of Brooklyn on Oct. 1, police officers had little time to restore order.
In a chaotic scene, a woman was stabbed and dozens of police officers were injured.
An 18-year-old student was killed.
Rioters torched cars and looted shops, setting fire to the city’s subway system and attacking police stations.
Some demonstrators hurled Molotov cocktails, and others smashed storefront windows.
Police responded with a barrage of tear gas and stun grenades.
At least six officers were killed and dozens were injured in the rioting.
But after the riot ended, police uniforms and uniforms in the Brooklyn and Staten Island boroughs were changed to black and blue, and many officers were allowed back on the job.
The uniforms were intended to prevent looting.
The move was part of a wider plan to overhaul the NYPD, which has long been plagued by a series of controversies over how it investigates police misconduct and how it handles its internal affairs investigations.
The changes were part of an effort to modernize and reform the force.
The New York Police Department (NYPD) said the change was part to help with the NYPD’s ongoing investigations into the deadly Oct. 2 riots.
But critics say it is an overreaction to the turmoil that erupted during the riots, and that it reflects a broader trend of police brutality that has been plaguing the department for decades.
Some officers, including some who were not involved in the attacks, have also said they were unaware of the new uniforms.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has been criticized for failing to confront the department’s widespread misconduct, announced the changes last month.
De Blasio and the NYPD defended the move, saying it would help police respond to future violence.
The department says it is working with city officials to review and update its policies on the use of force, including how the department treats officers who use deadly force.
Police say they plan to have the new uniform on the streets by the end of next week.
They say the department is working to ensure that all officers wear uniforms that reflect the city and its values.
They also said the uniforms will be used to help ensure officers have the proper training to protect themselves.