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NYPD failing to stop cops who use excessive force: inspector general
BY Rocco Parascandola, Greg B. Smith
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Thursday, October 1, 2015, 10:30 AM
A scathing new report released Thursday found the NYPD is falling down on the job trying to rein in cops who use excessive force on civilians.
An investigation by NYPD Inspector General Phil Eure found NYPD cops “too often did not de-escalate encounters, failed to intervene in encounters where other officers used excessive force against members of the public — and escalated encounters themselves.”
The 62-page report, released in the Department of Investigation’s downtown offices, comes three weeks after a plainclothes cop rushed and tackled ex-tennis star James Blake outside a Midtown hotel in a case of mistaken identity.
In response, Police Commissioner Bratton was set to announce later Thursday policy upgrades aimed at improving training to reduce excessive force and better tracking officers’ behavior.
"We've completely revamped and consolidated all of our guidelines and procedures regarding the use of force,” Deputy Commissioner Stephen Davis said Thursday. “We're now going to document all types of force more accurately, more cohesively.”
The NYPD’s policy shift comes as the inspector general singled out some hot-headed officers’ propensity to turn up the heat instead of trying to cool things down.
“In dozens of incidents, officers were presented with the opportunity to de-escalate the situation but ultimately did not,” the report states, finding the NYPD’s “policies and training currently do not adequately address de-escalation as a useful tactic for officers in the field.”
The IG looked at excessive force cases brought to the Civilian Complaint Review Board to explore how the NYPD handles this hot-button issue. The vast majority of the 10,000 cases were deemed “unsubstantiated” due to lack of corroborative evidence.
But the CCRB was able to substantiate 207 such allegations brought in 179 cases from 2010 through 2014, often because there was video or audio of the encounter.
One conclusion I offer: the need for body cameras on police is critical to record and to discourage official misconduct such as use of excessive force.