Police Brutality

In its first report since the pandemic began, the Commission to Combat Police Corruption says several cops who should have been fired for terrible behavior and lies were allowed to keep their jobs.
The street-crime police units are back under Mayor Adams with a new name. Officials say they will be looking for guns in 30 precincts. Can you record them on your phone? Do they have to provide ID? We answer these questions and more.
A woman who was shoved to the pavement by a police officer during the 2020 Black Lives Matter demonstrations has settled with the city — in an agreement that includes a rare payment out of the officer’s own pocket.
The Civilian Complaint Review Board would gain power to initiate its own investigations under a measure the mayor first proposed while running for public advocate over a decade ago.
The mayor said he would hire more NYPD lawyers — more than 2 ½ years after the recommendation of a panel of law enforcement experts who identified a major backlog of cases. “Let’s just do it,” de Blasio said after THE CITY pressed him.
The Civilian Complaint Review Board says Officer Brendan Thompson, who fired the fatal shot, improperly used his Taser and gun, and failed to quickly seek medical help. NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea has final say on discipline.
The deaths of Thomas Braunson and Richard Blake come as lawmakers rush to pass the “Less is More” reform package that would restrict re-jailings on minor charges. But the clock is ticking with the Legislature set to break for summer next week.
Internal analysis found 585 allegations from 2014 to mid-2020 in which Civilian Complaint Review Board investigators confirmed police misconduct — but the board voted to clear the cops of wrongdoing.
Lorna Wright-Bovell says she did not know Chief John Chell had never been disciplined for the 2008 fatal shooting of Ortanzso Bovell. And she was shocked to learn of his multiple promotions since.
After the killing of Daunte Wright in Minnesota, Mayor de Blasio said cops who “don’t know how to handle their weapon” shouldn’t be on the force. But an NYPD officer who he says he accidentally shot and killed a man in 2008 just notched his latest big job.
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Mayor de Blasio brings football’s “Rooney Rule” to the Police Department, requiring brass to interview candidates of color for top positions. Critics say it will take more to break through the NYPD’s mostly white upper echelon.
A little-known labor contract provision obligates New Yorkers to help pay officers’ legal bills in lawsuits that city lawyers decline to defend.
The NYPD leader and four deputies accumulated at least one allegation substantiated by the Civilian Complaint Review Board — and so did his predecessor, James O’Neill. Some of incidents recall the height of stop-and-frisk.
A departmental trial judge found the officer guilty of misconduct in the incident outside the Mobb Deep rapper’s wake. Police Commissioner Dermot Shea overturned the verdict. The video was released after THE CITY pressed Mayor de Blasio.
State bills, proposed after THE CITY’s investigation, would give final say in police disciplinary cases to the Civilian Complaint Review Board. Police Commissioner Dermot Shea took his opposition to the plan to TV and the City Council Tuesday.
The city’s top cop can overturn internal trial verdicts and change penalties. It’s happened over 40 times in the last four years — even with misconduct captured on video, THE CITY found. Here are some cases fueling calls for reform.
Emails show Civilian Complaint Review Board leaders discouraged staff from confronting the NYPD about a lack of cooperation on abuse investigations. The agency declined to disclose how many officers are facing misconduct charges.
Scott Stringer, who is running for mayor, slams de Blasio for failing to rein in “overly militarized” cops — and says settlements should come out of police budget. Suits are the most since 2004 Republican National Convention.
A federal appeals panel dismissed union arguments of potential harm to cops. Now the city awaits the final OK to unleash potentially explosive documents — including complaints against the NYPD’s last two commissioners.