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“By no means has the NYPD entered a new era of transparency by disclosing only those misconduct complaints that they themselves deemed worthy of prosecution."
Following New York’s repeal of 50-a law barring release of uniformed officer personnel records, Department of Correction files show 11 officers were disciplined for at least three confirmed misconduct incidents over an 18-month period.
The release falls far short of the sweeping transparency reforms promised by Mayor Bill de Blasio during last year's protests.
Mayor Bill de Blasio originally promise the release of records back in June.
New York City’s police oversight agency has released its first public database on NYPD misconduct records, following an order from a federal appeals court.
It is still unclear when the de Blasio administration will make the disciplinary records easily accessible to the general public.
New documents, obtained as part of a two-year legal fight, reveal details of efforts to track officers who could be unreliable witnesses.
A federal judge has cleared the way for New York City to publish tens of thousands of police disciplinary records, dealing a major blow to the city's police unions, which sought to block the long-awaited release of misconduct records shielded for decades from the public eye.
"The release of this database is an important step towards greater transparency and accountability and is just the beginning of unraveling the monopoly the NYPD holds on public information and officer discipline."
"How are members of the public supposed to react when what they see appears to be illegal activity like a kidnapping?"
Have you ever filed a complaint against a cop? Are you a police officer who tried to call out misconduct? We want to hear from you.
"We and our allies are going to be working very hard to get this information out.”
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