NYPD Union Heads Encourage Members To Skip Virtual Misconduct Hearings

Steve Burns
July 05, 2020 - 6:48 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Interviews are scheduled to start this week into alleged NYPD misconduct during last month’s protests, but union heads are encouraging members to skip the interviews because they’re being held virtually.

Like so many other workplaces, the NYPD’s main oversight body, the Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB), is working remotely these days.

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Interviews are scheduled Monday for three officers accused of misconduct during the protests in June, according to the New York Post.

One officer is accused of flashing a white supremacist hand sign on camera, while another officer arrested a reporter and a third allegedly beat a cyclist with a baton.

But NYPD union heads have encouraged officers to skip out on those virtual interviews.

Lou Turco, president of the Lieutenants Benevolent Association, said now that the city is entering Phase 3 Monday, there’s no reason why CCRB investigators can’t come in to work.

“To conduct a fair and complete investigation, we are convinced an in-person interview is necessary,” Turco said, adding that it’s about “the integrity of the interview.”

The Post reported the NYPD will not discipline officers who refuse to show up to the interviews.

It comes on top of another struggle the CCRB has had with the NYPD. Gothamist reported investigators are waiting on more than 1,100 requests for body camera footage.

An NYPD spokesperson said the pandemic and protests necessitated a reallocation of resources.

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