NYCLU seeks police misconduct records
Sep 21, 2020 6:33 am
Black Star News reports that the New York Civil Liberties Union announced Sept. 15 that the group has filed Freedom of Information Law requests with ten police departments statewide for police misconduct data. “The repeal of 50-a opened the door for an unprecedented level of transparency into how police departments across New York have policed themselves and handled officer misconduct,” said Phil Desgranges, senior staff attorney at the NYCLU. “Policing as we know it is broken, and it is built on what appears to be the pervasive, damaging and persistent patterns of criminalization of Black and brown communities. To move forward, we need to see how individual police departments have addressed officer violence and misconduct.” The NYCLU is seeking information from the Buffalo County, Rochester Police Departments; and the New York State, Syracuse, Troy Police Departments; and Nassau County, Freeport, and Hempstead Police Departments; and the Suffolk County and Yonkers Police Departments. In Rochester, protests are ongoing over the death of Daniel Prude at the hands of the police there. New York Attorney General Letitia James was in Rochester Sept. 20, and was asked about how the Rochester police are treating the protesters. Click here to download or play a short excerpt of James in Rochester. Locally, the largest police story over the weekend was in Columbia County. Chatham Police Chief Peter Volkmann was placed on a 30-day paid administrative leave by the Chatham Village Board, after the State Police served the village with a warrant for police department computer records. Volkmann then resigned as Hudson police commissioner.