The news is out: [A trove of more than 300,000 misconduct complaints against NYPD officers was published Thursday by the New York Civil Liberties Union, shedding light on decades worth of allegations that police unions have been fighting to shield.
The NYCLU’s new database went live just after a judge lifted an order in a union-backed lawsuit that had prohibited the group from publishing the records.
The records detail 323,911 complaints dating back three and a half decades — and show that only a tiny portion of the complaints, 8,699, led to discipline against the officer. Twelve officers were fired.
State lawmakers in June repealed a law that had kept police disciplinary records secret, one of a number of reform measures passed amid mass protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd.
The NYCLU obtained the trove of complaints through a freedom of information request to the Civilian Complaint Review Board. But a coalition of unions sued to block the release of unsubstantiated complaints, and secured a judge’s order blocking both the CCRB and the civil liberties group from publishing them.
The stay against the NYCLU was lifted Thursday, though it remains in place against the city board.
“The NYPD needs to be accountable to the city it serves, and that cannot happen so long as they continue to operate behind a wall of secrecy,” said NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman. “As we reconsider and reimagine the role of police in New York, we need an honest reckoning with the NYPD’s long, violent history.”
The records cover all complaints filed with and investigated by the CCRB, against 81,550 different police officers.]
3 years ago, I wrote “Dysfunctional humans” and covered all this and then some. Included are vital information and evidence on law enforcement, congress, the executive and judicial branches. I described the problems from the police academy to the murders on the streets. Policing reform is not possible because the system is way too corrupt.
Cue the music: Bad cops, bad cops whatcha gonna do? Whatcha gonna do when they come for you? Bad cops, bad cops whatcha gonna do? Bad cops, bad cops, whatcha gonna do when they come for you?