One in nine NYPD officers has had a complaint against them substantiated, according to ProPublica, which on Sunday released a massive trove of NYPD disciplinary records obtained following the recent repeal of a state law keeping them under wraps.
With a court battle still raging over the records — led by NYPD unions, which argue in part that the releases could tarnish cops’ reputations by including allegations that were ultimately unsubstantiated — the outlet restricted its database to active-duty cops who had at least one case against them substantiated by the city’s Civilian Complaint Review Board.
But that still amounts to some 3,996 officers — or approximately one-in-nine active-duty Finest.
The database includes all allegations filed against cops fitting the bill, substantiated or otherwise, spanning Sept. 1985 through Jan. 2020.
They are further broken down into four categories: “Abuse of Authority” (totaling 20,292 allegations), “Force” (7,636), “Discourtesy” (4.677) and “Offensive Language” (753).
ProPublica number-crunchers found that some 34 officers in the database have faced 40 or more allegations, while 303 have had five or more substantiated allegations, yet stayed on the job.
A judge temporarily blocked the city from releasing the data on unsubstantiated claims amid a legal challenge by police, fire and jail-guard unions.
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