Following a BuzzFeed News investigation that found officers who physically attacked innocent people and lied to grand juries got to keep their jobs, the city council is now considering new laws that would increase transparency.
The legislation follows a BuzzFeed News investigation that found the NYPD kept officers on the force after they committed fireable offenses, such as lying under oath and assaulting people in custody.
One council member made the nominee promise to read a previous BuzzFeed News investigation about NYPD officers not disciplined for lying or using excessive force.
The Former Top Official Overseeing The NYPD Inspector General Shelved A Report About Officers Who Lied
Mark Peters was until recently the head of the city's Department of Investigation. He said he was fired because he published damning reports about problems on the police force and other city agencies.
This Bronx Cop Was Accused Of Lying Under Oath. The District Attorney Won't Say What It Means For The People He's Arrested.
Other public officials, advocates, and public defenders expressed outrage over the officer’s conduct.
The Cop Said He “Slipped.” The Video Shows Him Forcing An 11-Year-Old Girl To The Ground. He Wasn’t Punished.
Confidential department documents show that then–NYPD commissioner Bill Bratton shut down disciplinary proceedings. The officer has also shared Facebook posts that denigrate black people and Muslims.
The NYPD Plans To Charge At Least Nine Proud Boys And Three Leftist Protesters With Riot And Assault
The announcement comes after police were heavily criticized over the weekend for their response to the riots in New York City's streets.
Sgt. Ritchard Blake has been fired from the NYPD and is under investigation for possible criminal charges over the shooting.
Sgt. Ritchard Blake was disciplined in 2011 for engaging “in a physical altercation,” according to secret disciplinary records previously published by BuzzFeed News.
“No woman should be treated that way in the workplace, let alone one who is willing to risk their life to serve and protect our city.”
“This pattern of alleged sexual harassment and victim shaming within the NYPD is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”
“I wanted the world to know what was going on inside the police department.”
BuzzFeed News found in March that the NYPD allowed officers to keep their jobs following serious acts of misconduct.
After a BuzzFeed News investigation, the NYPD said it would release limited information about police officer discipline. The union has so far blocked that from happening.
“These limitations frustrate our ability, not only to prepare for trial, but to make early assessments of witness credibility.”
"I never thought these changes would happen."
The unusual request came as BuzzFeed News was preparing to release thousands of secret disciplinary records.
BuzzFeed News is making public a huge cache of the New York Police Department's disciplinary records, revealing for the first time which employees have been charged with misconduct and what punishment, if any, they have received. The information is an important tool for people accused of crimes and for officers who feel they were punished excessively, but the department has fought hard to keep it secret.
Officers' names. Disciplinary charges. Punishments. This huge trove of secret disciplinary records is available and searchable for the first time.