Police officers are tasked with the responsibility of upholding the law. But what happens when an officer fails to do so or violates the civil rights of a citizen? One hopes swift discipline would follow the infraction. An intensive seven-month review of disciplinary cases conducted by the New York City Police Department (NYPD) reveals that discipline is missing in action.
The months-long investigation covering the period from December 2017 to March 2019, and encompassing 162 official NYPD disciplinary dispositions, revealed disturbing patterns. For instance, punishments were often disproportionate with the offenses committed, especially when the incidents involved ordinary citizens. This practice is aided by the fact that when Police Commissioner James O’Neill orders the final reports, they are not available to the public because of a section in a state law that requires the confidentiality of all personnel files.
The investigation uncovered that cops found guilty in departmental proceedings…
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