NYS AG James to hold virtual public meeting on police interactions with public

A protest on the Island has drawn the attention of the New York state attorney general.
Three people were arrested in East Meadow Friday for disorderly conduct. Two of those arrests were caught on camera.
State Attorney General Leticia James is prepping for a virtual public hearing to be held Wednesday morning on all interactions between police and the public during recent protests statewide. She's inviting anyone with relevant testimony to submit their information.
On Twitter Friday, James also commented on the video from East Meadow of Nassau police arresting three men. She said "please report this and send visuals to my office."
The men arrested in the video say police were out of line, but police defended the officers saying the protesters veered off route and into oncoming traffic.
The Attorney General's Office is now the lead investigating agency on all complaints involving interactions between protesters and police.
Nassau County Executive Laura Curran said Monday there is also an internal affairs investigation.
"We have seen the video. We take every complaint seriously, and before we received one complaint about this incident, we started proactively an investigation," said Curran.
Retired New York City Police Detective Dennis Jones, who is a community activist in Hempstead, says it's the right move to have an independent agency review these incidents.
Jones has been working with attorney Fred Brewington to jump-start the decadelong effort to add another layer of oversight, attempting to establish two countywide "civilian complaint review boards" like New York City residents have with the NYPD.
"It's time to roll up our sleeves and get to work, not to make excuses, not to wait for tomorrow," said Brewington.
Brewington is part of the Long Island Coalition for Police Accountablity. The plan is to draft legislation to create the civilian review boards and present it to both legislatures in the next two weeks.
Nassau County PBA President James McDermott said in a statement: