Letter, dated Dec. 1, 2014, to Sen. Charles Schumer (D-New York), requesting his assistance and support for the idea of the creation of a new independent commission with subpoena power and the authority to prosecute its own cases in respect of corruption at the New York Police Department, including of its Internal Affairs Bureau.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
44 years after Knapp, and 22 after Mollen, activists demand new commission to investigate NYPD corruption
Written demand to Mayor de Blasio to appoint a new commission to investigate NYPD corruption, including at IAB
Following Monday's "NYPD Five Points March for Reform," activists present a written demand to Mayor de Blasio
Activists, who demonstrated on Monday outside each of the "five points" of law enforcement in Downtown Manhattan, demanded a new commission to investigate corruption at the New York Police Department. In requesting a new commission, activists referred to the kind of a panel with distinguished citizens or legal experts, who can with subpoena power collect information about the many serious patterns of crimes, violations of civil rights, and other controversies that are engulfing the city's police department.
In 1970, the Knapp Commission was appointed by Mayor John Lindsay to investigate widespread problems of police corruption. In 1992, the Mollen Commission was appointed by Mayor David Dinkins to investigate police corruption that had become worse since the time of the Knapp Commission. The Knapp and Mollen commissions were directed to investigate broad types of corruption. That is the kind of commission activists are demanding from the mayor.
As some point out, mayors can sometimes appoint commissions that look at focused issues at the NYPD. For example, Mayor Rudy Giuliani appointed one such focused commission to improve police-community relations following the infamous police brutality attack on Abner Louima. The power-mad Giuliani administration had rejected the Mollen Commission findings only to appoint its own focused commission. Activists are not asking for a commission like the Giuliani commission. Activists are speaking about one that has a broader mandate, like the Knapp or Mollen commissions.
Activists gave the mayor's office 10 days to respond, before they would seek help from federal authorities. In the past, whenever the city's law enforcement has gotten out of control, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has had to make arrests of NYPD officers, including the Cannibal Cop, else the U.S. Attorney's Office with jurisdiction over New York City has investigated violations of the law by the city's Department of Corrections on Riker's Island.
Follow-up letter to Senator Schumer for support
Sunday, October 12, 2014
- The Mayor’s Office
- Manhattan D.A.’s Office
- U.S. Attorney’s Office
- FBI, NYC Field Office
Dec. 22. Meet at Noon at the Fountain at City Hall. Our goal is to do this march once a month, possibly in other parts of the city, to keep political pressure growing until a commission is empaneled to investigate NYPD coruption.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
- CITY HALL
- ONE POLICE PLAZA
- U.S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICE
- MANHATTAN D.A.’S OFFICE
- FBI – NYC FIELD OFFICE