NEW YORK - Police Commissioner Dermot Shea says a summons would have been appropriate after a Brooklyn yeshiva was discovered with dozens of children inside Monday.
Mayor Bill de Blasio has since issued a cease-and-desist order.
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The bust happened at the Nitra Yeshiva in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
Police found around 60 students inside.
The administrator of the school dispersed the students and no arrests or summonses were made.
Appearing on "Mornings On 1", Shea said there could have been a different outcome had the group not been broken up.
"If the local commander had issued a summons yesterday, I think that would've been appropriate as well. What had to happen and I think did was we responded to a call pretty promptly yesterday, a 311 call in fact from a local citizen. And within a short period of time, the location was broken up. If a summons had been issued yesterday, I would've been fine with it," Shea said.
Police say summonses could still be issued if people do not comply by the cease and desist order.
Shea also weighed in on the city Health Commissioner's latest apology for controversial remarks she made about police in March.
Doctor Oxiris Barbot got into a heated discussion with Chief of Department Terence Monahan, who was asking for a supply of N-95 protective masks for officers.
During the call, Dr. Barbot dismissed the request, wanting to prioritize health care workers.
She used a dismissive phrase and expletive while referring to city police.
Barbot apologized for a second time Monday.
Shea says he's accepted Barbot's apology but believes the NYPD's request for PPE was proper at the time.
"We're not going to apologize for looking out for the well being of our members. Again, it wasn't just the NYPD, I think many different agencies, frontline workers, everyone was dealing with the unknown back in March. Maybe still so but much more so back then," Shea said.
According to City Hall, Dr. Barbot will remain in her position as health commissioner.