NYPD’s civilian review board will finally get some teeth.
The civilian board that reviews complaints of NYPD misconduct will get the power to prosecute those allegations in departmental trials — except in certain cases, officials said Tuesday.
Currently, the Civilian Complaint Review Board investigates complaints it receives, but refers substantiated cases to the NYPD for prosecution.
The change covers cases ranging from excessive force and abuse of authority to foul language.
The CCRB will prosecute substantiated complaints before NYPD tribunals, and will have the power to plea bargain cases.
“I’ve heard a lot of complaints from New Yorkers that they feel the Civilian Complaint Review Board is a toothless tiger,” City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said. “This gives teeth to the CCRB.”
Quinn said the agreement involved extensive deliberations between Council leaders, NYPD brass and City Hall.
“We want the public to have confidence that police misconduct cases are being handled fairly and competently,” added Councilman Daniel Garodnick (D-Manhattan), who in 2010 introduced a bill to give CCRB prosecutorial power.
There are some exceptions, but this is a great step. The union is of course livid. This would be the same union that late last year organized a thuggish protest outside a city courtroom in which member officers harassed and assaulted journalists. They were upset that dozens of their brethren had been indicted on over 1,600 counts, ranging from fixing traffic tickets (all of the cops accused of fixing tickets were past or present union officials) to smuggling, brutality, and drug distribution.