2017: NYPD Under Reports ‘Stop And Frisks’
It has been over two years since a Federal Court appointed monitor, Peter Zimroth, to oversee the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policies but articles in the January 2018 New York Times and New York Law Journals report that many NYPD Officers are still failing to document these encounters as required. Zimroth gives multiple explanations for the underreporting such as NYPD officers fear of discipline or lawsuits and also some confusion regarding the stop reports. However, even with under reporting, a quarter of the stops made in the first half of 2017 by NYPD officers were made without reasonable suspicion, which threatens New York City’s efforts to build better police-community relations. NYPD has acknowledged that the undocumented stops are a serious issue and that they must be addressed.
Additionally, the relationship between the NYPD and the CCRB is even more strained among reports that NYPD rejects over half the CCRB’s recommendations. According to the New York Times, in the last year NYPD has fought CCRB’s recommendations in cases where there was evidence of excessive force and other police misconduct, which lengthens the time before the final decision. CCRB has also struggled with receiving body camera footage in a timely manner; NYPD has been taking nearly three weeks to provide it to the board, thus delaying the process. CCRB is the organization which examines complaints by New Yorkers against NYPD officers.
If you have been the victim of false arrest or beaten up by cops and wish to sue NYPD you should contact the attorneys at PetersonDelleCave LLP.