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An oversight organization for the New York City Police Department recommended penalties for 39 officers for their conduct during the protests, riots, and looting episodes that followed the death of George Floyd last summer.
The Civilian Complaint Review Board urged top brass in the NYPD to bring criminal charges against 14 law enforcement personnel for abuse of authority, force, offensive language, discourtesy, and untruthful statements, the government body announced in a report on Monday. The group also recommended departmental discipline for 25 other officers.
The CCRB received 750 complaints against NYPD's conduct following unrest amid Floyd's death. The list eventually narrowed down to 303 reports the agency deemed credible, along with 2,000 allegations against 460 individual officers. The agency closed 156 of the complaints, with 147 pending and 75 investigations fully conducted.
Of the 75 investigations, 26 were substantiated, three were unfounded, 15 were unsubstantiated, and eight resulted in exonerations, the report showed.
The board said the process of sifting through complaints had been hampered by officers failing to follow identification protocols.
"The CCRB has seen unprecedented challenges in investigating these complaints particularly around the identification of officers due to the failure to follow proper protocols, officers covering their names and shield, officers wearing protective equipment that did not belong to them, the lack of proper use of body worn cameras, as well as incomplete and severely delayed paperwork," the report said.
It was also revealed that district attorneys in New York City dropped hundreds of looting cases in recent days against people suspected of ransacking local businesses during demonstrations throughout the boroughs.
By mid-June in 2020, nearly 400 NYPD officers were injured as demonstrators swarmed New York City streets. One was plowed down by a car, another was hit over the head with a brick, and a third needed 10 stitches to close a laceration after a bottle was thrown at his head.
More than 5,300 New York police officers retired or quit their positions last year, a 75% increase from the previous year, amid a global pandemic, an increase in violent crimes, and growing anti-police sentiments, according to the New York Post.
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Original Author: Jake Dima