Civilian Police Watch Organization Urges Investigation of NYPD Agents for Misconduct During BLM Protests


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By Joshua Cenzano

NEW YORK, NY – The Civilian Complaint Review Broad in New York has presented evidence suggesting misconduct by 65 NYPD agents allegedly committed during the Black Lives Matter protests.

After reviewing 750 complaints about police misconduct, the CCRB reviewed the relevant evidence seeking to substantiate as many allegations as possible, and was ultimately able to provide substantive evidence for a third of the allegations received.

Among the substantiated allegations, the allegations include abuse of authority, offensive language, force, false statements and rudeness. The CCRB stratified the allegations according to the recommended sentence range, including criminal charges and several lower levels of internal discipline.

Fred Davie, president of the CCRB, said in a statement that his organization will continue to investigate any allegations it receives against police officers and stressed the need to monitor police officers responding to large-scale protests such as the one organized by Black Lives Matter.

He added, “It is important that any misconduct is taken seriously and all officers who commit misconduct should be held accountable. “

Following the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police last year, protests and demonstrations against police misconduct and brutality intensified, leading to an increase in the volume of reports against officers.

In one case, police were documented throwing tear gas canisters and rubber bullets at journalists and protesters.

Cases like these have only served to intensify encounters between protesters and police.

The CCRB lamented the “unprecedented challenges” that have recently hampered its investigations; namely, increasing the number of police officers who have been reported covering their badges or badges to prevent positive identification. CCRB lawyers accused the officers of doing so in order to cover up misconduct.

As a result, there has been a noticeable increase in cases that end up unresolved due to the inability of investigators to identify officers under surveillance due to this phenomenon. In 2020, 10% of cases involved an agent whose identity was unknown; this year the figure has risen to 34 percent.

The NYPD has offered a possible explanation for the increase, suggesting that the armbands officers wore to commemorate fellow police officers who died from COVID-19 obscured badges and badges.

Nonetheless, the CCRB expressed frustration with this difficulty in identifying officers, due not only to obscured badges, but also failure to follow correct protocols, use of inappropriate protective equipment and use abuse of body-worn cameras.

The NYPD announced through a spokesperson that it would work alongside the CCRB to investigate and try the allegations against its agents. The NYPD has said in the past that it has consistently assisted the CCRB by providing countless hours of footage and intends to maintain compliance.

Despite its complicity, the NYPD, through a spokesperson, stressed the right of officers to due process and differentiated criminal trials from administrative trials regarding the possible repercussions against officers accused of misconduct.

According to the department, “Discipline is imposed on the basis of a matrix of sanctions that has been agreed between the NYPD and the CCRB. “

The NYPD has affirmed its commitment to keep investigative processes as transparent as possible and assured the public that all disciplines, whether criminal or administrative, will be made available to the public.


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