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The Democrat-run New York state legislature repealed a law last month preventing the release of police officers’ disciplinary records under the guise of “increased police transparency.”

One month later, ProPublica has published disciplinary records of nearly 4,000 New York Police Department officers, with the move coming after a federal judge issued a temporary restraining order blocking the city from disclosing disciplinary records.

Unions representing police officers sued to stop Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio from following through on his pledge to post misconduct complaints online.

ProPublica deputy managing editor Eric Umansky said the non-profit “has not been a party to the case and is not subject to the order by [Judge Katherine Polk] Failla, who has scheduled a hearing for next month.”

“[W]e are making this information public and, with it, providing an unprecedented picture of civilians’ complaints of abuse by NYPD officers as well as the limits of the current system that is supposed to hold officers accountable,” Umansky added.

The database contains 12,056 complaints against 3,996 active NYPD officers who’ve had at least one allegation against them substantiated by the city’s Civilian Complaint Review Board

“We understand the arguments against releasing this data. But we believe the public good it could do outweighs the potential harm,” ProPublica Editor-in-Chief Stephen Engelberg said in a statement. “The database gives the people of New York City a glimpse at how allegations involving police misconduct have been handled, and allows journalists and ordinary citizens alike to look more deeply at the records of particular officers.”

According to ProPublica, the CCRB examined about 3,000 allegations of misuse of force in 2018, substantiating 73 of the cases.

There are officers who have multiple substantiated allegations against them, with 303 active duty officers with five or more substantiated allegations — 34 officers have had 40 or more allegations against them.

“There are nearly 5,000 allegations of ‘physical force,’ nearly 2,000 of ‘frisk’ and more than 600 of ‘gun pointed,'” Umansky said.

A further analysis from the Daily Mail is seen here:

The expansive database covers a range of complaint categories, including 7,636 allegations of force, 20,292 allegations of abuse of authority, 4,677 allegations of discourtesy and 753 allegations of offensive language. […]

The highest allegations type under abuse of authority are ‘stop,’ ‘frisk’ and search of a person.

The majority of offensive language complaints with 307 related to race and discourtesy were ‘word’ allegations at 3,942.

 

Judge Failla also barred the New York chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union from publicly disclosing records it has obtained, and the organization has challenged the ruling.

“We’re fighting the gag order barring us from releasing NYPD police misconduct data. 50-A was used for years to hide disciplinary records — with 50-A now repealed, the police unions are still trying to keep the public in the dark,” ACLU of New York tweeted.

As the left continues to demonize law enforcement, the end result can be seen in the streets.

And nowhere is it more apparent than in New Work City, under Mayor Bill de Blasio:

Here’s a quick sampling to outspoken conservative actor James Woods’ tweet above from Twitter:

Tom Tillison

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