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

2014-10-13 Bill de Blasio - Demand for Commission to Investigate NYPD Corruption by Connaissable

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.


Written letter to Senator Charles Schumer asking for his assistance and support for the creation of a new commission to investigate and prosecute NYPD corruption, including at IAB (Scribd)

Exigen crear nueva comisiĆ³n que investigue quejas contra NYPD (El Diario)

2014-10-13 Bill de Blasio - Demand for Commission to Investigate NYPD Corruption (Scribd)

Follow-up letter to Senator Schumer for support

FOLLOW-UP : Letter to Sen. Charles Schumer - Help us appoint a new commission to investigate NYPD, IAB

2014-12-01 Senator Charles Schumer Office Fax (NYPD Commission Follow-Up Letter) (FILE COPY) by NYPDFivePoints

Sunday, October 12, 2014

NYPD Five Points March for Reform - Updated Flyer

We demand that any one of these 5 government offices appoint a commission to investigate NYPD corruption :
  • The Mayor’s Office
  • NYPD
  • Manhattan D.A.’s Office
  • U.S. Attorney’s Office
  • FBI, NYC Field Office

Look at the all ways that NYPD engage in illegality :
  • Murder of innocent ppl, incl. Eric Garner
  • violations of civil liberties, civil rights, Constitutional rights
  • stop and frisk
  • fixing crimes & tickets
  • racism and misogyny
  • ticket and arrest quotas
  • violations of the Handschu Agreement
  • LGBTQ discrimination
  • Adrian Schoolcraft kidnapping
  • arresting the media
  • Racial, religious, and LGBTQ profiling
  • Using brute force and chokeholds
  • Blocking FOIL requests
  • Internal Affairs protects corrupt cops
  • NYPD gun-runners, drug-trafficking, rape
  • NYPD spying
  • Top NYPD brass, incl. former Commish Ray Kelly, accepting free gifts, incl. free rides Air Bloomberg and Chief Dowd and others took gifts from Verizon, an ECTP 911 contactor allegedly over billing NYC government.  
  • Retaliating against whistleblowers

New training is not enough !  We demand that each of the city’s District Attorneys investigate and prosecute these police crimes, that Commissioner William Bratton be fired, and that the NYPD end their “Broken Windows” approach to policing.  We want a new psychological evaluation for the police force.

The next NYPD Five Points March will be on : Nov. 24 and
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. 

nypdfivepoints (at) gmail (dot) com