The NYPD Hasn’t Substantiated a Single Bias Complaint Against an Officer Since 2014

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The NYPD Hasn't Substantiated a Single Bias Complaint Against an Officer Since 2014

New York City residents have filed nearly 2,500 complaints of biased policing or racial profiling by NYPD officers since 2014, but police investigators did not substantiate a single one of those complaints, according to a report released Wednesday by the Office of Inspector General for the NYPD.

The inspector general report is just the latest finding that the NYPD’s system for investigating and disciplining misconduct doesn’t work. Earlier this year, an independent panel found that there is a "fundamental and pervasive lack of transparency into the [NYPD’s] disciplinary process and about disciplinary outcomes."

In 2014, the NYPD announced after the fallout from its stop-and-frisk program that it would create a distinct category for citizen complaints of bias and racial profiling. Stop-and-frisk subjected tens of thousands of mostly minority New Yorkers to police searches each year.

Since then, there have been 2,495 bias complaints filed against NYPD officers, with every investigation resolving in the accused officer or officers being cleared. "Although low substantiation rates for biased policing complaints exist in other large U.S. cities, NYPD’s zero substantiation rate stands out," the inspector general report says.

Although the report concedes the difficulty in proving bias, it says several deficiencies in the NYPD’s process for investigating […]

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