‘By personally intervening in discipline decisions as the mood strikes him, Adams will not only undermine the purpose of these rules and standards, he will defeat them, making murky the clear line of accountability that is supposed to adhere between a citizen and a police officer.’
“Until today, the NYPD has been using private information from sealed arrests in over a dozen of their interconnected surveillance databases, and has trained its officers that it is okay to violate the law,” said Niji Jain, an attorney at the Bronx Defenders.
The de Blasio administration used the term to refer to gang crackdowns, domestic violence response, nuisance abatement, efforts to stop knife violence and more.
‘The public needs to be informed of all disciplinary actions, not just major infractions…The “minor rule violations” provision defeats the purpose of repealing Section 50-a.’
‘The math is simple. In a time when less people are riding the subway due to the COVID-19 pandemic, crime is more likely to occur due to the lack of potential eyewitnesses and brave New Yorkers present as psychological and physical deterrents.’
Letitia James’ office filed a lawsuit Thursday against the NYPD for its actions during months of Black Lives Matter protests in 2020, which she says “blatantly violated the rights of New Yorkers, inflicting significant physical and psychological harm and leading to great distrust in law enforcement.”
‘No entity can police itself – least of all, the police. So if the CCRB is to live up to its mandate for independent oversight of police misconduct in New York City, it must make the final decision on discipline for officers found to have engaged in misconduct.’
There are four upcoming meetings for the public to weigh in on what needs to happen to reshape the NYPD.