Ray Kelly, Police Commissioner, Agrees To Let CCRB Prosecute All Cops Subject of a Substantiated Civilian Complaint

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From the department of fairly big deals, the Police Department has finally agreed to allow the Civilian Complaint Review Board to prosecute all police officers against whom a complaint has been substantiated.

The agreement among City Hall, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and the CCRB comes following well over a decade of debate, and NYPD stubborn resistance to allowing outside agencies into its often opaque disciplinary system.

Now, when the CCRB substantiates, or finds a complaint credible, and votes to file departmental charges against the officer, its own prosecutors, rather than NYPD prosecutors, will pursue the case in the trial room at police headquarters.

"This agreement is a milestone in the history of civilian police oversight in New York City. Public confidence in the disciplinary process will be strengthened by having the CCRB, an independent agency, prosecuting these cases," CCRB Chair Daniel Chu says.

"Today's agreement builds on the cooperative relationship between the NYPD and CCRB that began with a successful pilot program in the prosecution of substantiated cases," Police Commissioner Kelly says.

As part of a pilot program, the CCRB prosecuted three of these cases last year. Now, it could handle up to 200 police disciplinary cases a year. The only catch is that the police commissioner still has the right to make a final decision and overturn the departmental judge's decision, but he will have to provide a written statement when he departs from the verdict.

The CCRB investigates non-criminal complaints for things like excessive force, abuse of authority, discourtesy, and offensive language. For a long time, the agency has been viewed as largely toothless, with many New Yorkers preferring to sue the NYPD rather than subject themselves to what was an endless investigative process. But that perception that could change following the agreement.

This is chiefly because in the past, the act of handing a substantiated case over to the NYPD was one of the main reasons why these cases lingered so long, to the point where a lot of New Yorkers believed their complaints had been ignored.


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wgalison
wgalison

Sunny Sheu was an anti-corruption whistleblower who was kidnapped and and threatened with death by two NYPD detectives from the Queens DA bureau www.sunnysheu.blogspot....

In March of 2010, Sunny went to the CCRB to request the names of the cops that kidnapped him and the name of the person who ordered the detention.On May 26th, 2010, Sunny sent this letter to the CCRB, complaining that they had not responded to his request:

http://sunnysheu.blogspot.com/...

One month later he was found bludgeoned to death in an alley in Queens. 

Eight hours after his death, the NYPD removed Sunny's body from the Hospital and sent it to the Medical Examiner for summary cremation.

They also sent a note to the ME , claiming that Sheu had died of natural causes, and that the homicide squad had determined "no criminality".

The Medical Examiner disagreed, ruling the cause of death "blunt force trauma to the head with skull fractures and brain injuries", and demanding an investigation.

There has been no investigation by the NYPD.

If the CCRB had transparently investigated the kidnapping and death threats against Sunny Sheu, the killers would not have dared to do the job. 

The name of the person who ordered the kidnapping and death threats would be known to the public, as it must be under law. 

This case sums up the murderous cooperation between the NYPD and the CCRB.

wgalison
wgalison

Sunny Sheu was an anti-corruption whistleblower who was kidnapped and and threatened with death by two NYPD detectives from the Queens DA bureau.

www.sunnysheu.blogspot.com

In March of 2010, Sunny went to the CCRB to request the names of the cops that kidnapped him and the name of the person who ordered the detention.

On May 26th, 2010, Sunny sent this letter to the CCRB, complaining that they had not responded to his request:

http://sunnysheu.blogspot.com/...

One month later he was found bludgeoned to death in an alley in Queens. The Medical Examiner ruled the cause of death "blunt force trauma to the head with skull fractures and brain injuries", but there has been no investigation by the NYPD.

If the CCRB had transparently investigated the kidnapping and death threats against Sunny Sheu, the killers would not have dared to do the job. 

The name of the person who ordered the kidnapping and death threats would be known to the public, as they must be under law.

This case sums up the murderous cooperation between the NYPD and the CCRB.

wgalison
wgalison

Sunny Sheu was an anti-corruption whistleblower who was kidnapped and and threatened with death by two NYPD detectives from the Queens DA bureau.

www.sunnysheu.blogspot.comIn March of 2010, Sunny went to the CCRB to request the names of the cops that kidnapped him and the name of the person who ordered the detention.On May 26th, 2010, Sunny sent this letter to the CCRB, complaining that they had not responded to his request:http://sunnysheu.blogspot.com/... month later he was found bludgeoned to death in an alley in Queens. The Medical Examiner ruled the cause of death "blunt force trauma to the head with skull fractures and brain injuries", but there has been no investigation by the NYPD.

If the CCRB had transparently investigated the kidnapping and death threats against Sunny Sheu, the killers would not have dared to do the job. 

The name of the person who ordered the kidnapping and death threats would be known to the public, as they must be under law.

This case sums up the murderous cooperation between the NYPD and the CCRB.

wgalison
wgalison

Sunny Sheu was an anti-corruption whistleblower who was kidnapped and and threatened with death by two NYPD detectives from the Queens DA bureau.

www.sunnysheu.blogspot.comIn March of 2010, Sunny went to the CCRB to request the names of the cops that kidnapped him and the name of the person who ordered the detention.On May 26th, 2010, Sunny sent this letter to the CCRB, complaining that they had not responded to his request:http://sunnysheu.blogspot.com/... month later he was found bludgeoned to death in an alley in Queens. The Medical Examiner ruled the cause of death "blunt force trauma to the head with skull fractures and brain injuries", but there has been no investigation by the NYPD.

If the CCRB had transparently investigated the kidnapping and death threats against Sunny Sheu, the killers would not have dared to do the job. 

The name of the person who ordered the kidnapping and death threats would be known to the public, as they must be under law.

This case sums up the murderous cooperation between the NYPD and the CCRB.

Teacher NYC
Teacher NYC

Unless confidentiality guidelines are set for CCRB reports against cops or precincts which fail to investigate crimes citizens will be subject to retaliatory abuse by same. There is a grapevine of gossip among cops wherein cops from other precincts know the names of people who write letters and file CCRB complaints as I learned first hand.No cop  likes criticism and possible repremand so complaints should be confidential to protect those who have legitimate complaints.

wgalison
wgalison

Sunny Sheu reported to the CCRB that he had been kidnapped and threatened with death by two NYPD detectives of the Queens DA squad. 

He met personally with the CCRB on two occasions and when nothing was done he sent this letter:

http://sunnysheu.blogspot.com/...

One month later, Sunny was found bludgeoned to death in an alley on Queens. The NYPD stole his body from the hospital 8 hours after his death and tried to get summarily cremated. 

The NYPD says Sunny died from an aneurism with no head trauma.

The Medical Examiner says he died of "blunt force trauma to the head with skull fractures and brain injuries."  There has been no investigation.

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