Police caught lying about misconduct often evade punishment: Report

According to a new report, New York Police Department (NYPD) officers who were caught lying about misconduct often avoid the department’s disciplinary action.

The report, which was published by Latino Justice, a civil rights group, claims that nearly 200 NYPD officers were caught lying to the city’s Civil Complaints Review Board (CCRB) about misconduct on the job. According to the report, from 2010 to 2020, 181 NYPD officers made false statements about misconduct to the CCRB. The report said that 80 of the 181 officers did not face any discipline, while 42 received “instruction or a command discipline”.

The report comes as New York City has seen a surge in crime over the past several months, prompting Mayor Eric Adams to announce the recent revival of a controversial NYPD anti-crime unit.

According to the report, the CCRB investigates incidents in which NYPD officers are accused of using excessive force, “abusing their authority, being abusive or using offensive language.”

Following the repeal of a law protecting misconduct records by NYPD officers, Latino justices filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIL) request to the CCRB, which allowed the non-profit group to review 144 cases, including 181 officers. Was accused of misconduct at work, from 2010 to 2020.

A new report from the nonprofit organization LatinoStis accuses the NYPD of failing to discipline several officers who lied about misconduct on the job. Above, an NYPD SUV on Broadway on April 15, 2016 in New York City.
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“In more than half of CCRB cases sent to the NYPD, an officer’s testimony was corroborated by recorded video or audio evidence,” the report said. “Nearly half of the officers who lied to the CCRB were never disciplined, even for the underlying misconduct they lied to.”

According to the report, in five cases in which an officer was disciplined for lying to the CCRB, the NYPD “downgraded” the charge to “misleading.”

The report also said that under NYPD policy, officers who made false statements would be fired from their posts.

The report discusses several incidents in which NYPD officers lied to protect their colleagues about misconduct.

One of the incidents included in the report is the claim that NYPD Officer Wellinton Gomez lied about misconduct committed by his partner, Officer Felix Acosta.

The report said, “When she was shown security camera footage showing her partner punching the man, PO Gomez changed his story and said he didn’t remember giving a detailed account of the incident.” Despite what had happened,” the report said.

In a press release, Latino Justice’s president and general counsel, Lourdes M. Rosado said: “The department’s disregard of evidence on officers who lied not only violates its stated policy, but also means that future defendants are denied a fair trial when the officer does not have a history of lying.” Revealed.

“The NYPD must show that their policy that willful false statements will result in dismissal is not itself a lie.”

A spokesperson for the NYPD disputed the report’s findings in a statement sent newsweekStating that this is “by no means an objective verification of facts. It is riddled with inaccuracies and fundamental misconceptions about the processes between the CCRB and the NYPD.”

“Among the many lies in the report, the claim that an officer denies the allegation of taking advantage of due process is itself a ‘false statement.’ Another fundamental error was the NYPD’s failure to act on those cases.” which has not been awarded by the CCRB due to delay in completion of investigation by the CCRB or failure to proceed with the prosecution.

The report also includes a number of recommendations for the NYPD, including removing the sole disciplinary authority from the NYPD commissioner, discharging lying officers from the CCRB, and disclosing incidents of NYPD officers lying to the public.

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