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De Blasio Pledges to Speed Up Discipline Against Accused Cops After Years of Logjams

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.

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Bronx Cops in Kawaski Trawick Killing Guilty of Misconduct, CCRB Finds

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.

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Just Five Cops Face Serious Penalties in De Blasio’s Promised Accounting of NYPD Protest Misconduct Caught on Video

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Death of Two Men at Rikers — One Held on Shoplifting Rap — Amplifies Push to Overhaul Parole Rules

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.

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NYPD Oversight Board Overturned Hundreds of Its Own Police Misconduct Findings

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.

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Brooklyn Woman Baffled by Lack of Punishment for Cop Who Killed Her Son

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.

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NYPD ‘Accidental’ Killer Cop’s Rise to Brooklyn Chief Questioned

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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NYPD Uses NFL Playbook to Tackle Upper Ranks Diversity Problem

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.

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NYPD Union Contract Puts Taxpayers on the Hook to Defend Officers When the City Won’t

A little-known labor contract provision obligates New Yorkers to help pay officers’ legal bills in lawsuits that city lawyers decline to defend.

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Misconduct Complaints Trailed NYPD Commissioner Shea and Other Police Brass’ Rise to the Top

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.

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Video Shows Cleared NYPD Cop Shoving Prodigy Funeral-Goer Into Traffic

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.

Commissioner Defends Clearing Cop Who Shoved Man Into Traffic. New Bills Would Rescind That Power

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.

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NYPD Commissioners Cleared Cops Found Guilty of Everything From Chokeholds to Pushing Man Into Traffic

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.

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Over 700 Complaints About NYPD Officers Abusing Protesters, Then Silence

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.

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NYPD Must Pay Price as Hundreds of Protesters Sue Over Crackdown, Comptroller Says

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.

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Secret NYPD Misconduct Records Jump Closer to Release Under Court Ruling. But de Blasio’s Not Making Them Public Just Yet

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.

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Police Abuse Watchdog Fired Four Investigators for Speaking Out on NYPD Body-Camera Stall, Lawsuit Charges

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De Blasio Touts Pact to Fire NYPD Cops for Chokeholds as THE CITY and ProPublica Spotlight Officers Who Kept Jobs

Under new agreement between the NYPD and its civilian watchdog, most police officers found to have used the illegal, potentially deadly maneuver will be terminated — a tougher penalty than first proposed.

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Still Can’t Breathe: How NYPD Officers Continue to Use Chokeholds on Civilians

More than six years after the police killing of Eric Garner, officers with substantiated claims of abuse go without any meaningful punishment.

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Attorney General James’ NYPD Suit Points Another Finger at Top Cop for Protest Crackdowns

Chief of Department Terence Monahan has been dogged by accusations of directing police offers to violate demonstrators’ civil rights since at least 2004, when dozens were arrested during protests of the Republican National Convention.