Thursday, October 1, 2015

NYPD failing to stop cops who use excessive force: inspector general

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 Bill Bratton announced policy upgrades aimed at improving training to reduce excessive force and better tracking officers’ behavior.

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