What It Looks Like When the New York City Police Commissioner Has “Unchecked Power” Over Officer Discipline
New York City’s Civilian Complaint Review Board is an independent agency charged with investigating complaints of abuse by police officers. While the board can recommend penalties and, in some cases, can present evidence directly to a New York Police Department hearing officer, the police commissioner has the final say. By law, the commissioner has the power to downgrade or even dismiss discipline, even in the most serious cases handled by the CCRB.
Those decisions have long been shielded from scrutiny by state law.