Activists push for City Council to bring change to Civilian Complaint Review Board
Video from a protest that took place at City Hall shows activists being removed from the building. That group was rallying in favor of the Community Power Act, which would allow the public to elect the people on the Civilian Complaint Review Board.
The activists say that their main goal is to give the board the power to properly discipline officers. At this time, the CCRB can make recommendations for discipline, but the police commissioner has the final say on any disciplinary action.
This hits close to home for Junita Young, who filed a complaint with the CCRB 20 years ago after her son was fatally shot in the head by an NYPD officer.
Ten years after the incident, an appeals court ruled in Young's favor, finding the officer's actions contributed to Ferguson's death.
"After seeing how the system deals with the cases, they're going to keep doing what they've done after all these years," said Young.
The bill was first introduced two terms ago and did not pass, and when it was reintroduced this term it did not receive a hearing.
News 12 reached out to the CCRB and received the following response:
“The CCRB is an independent entity committed to fairly and impartially investigating, mediating, and prosecuting complaints of NYPD misconduct. An elected board would face identical challenges to investigating officers and holding them accountable. The CCRB continues to advocate for an exemption to state sealing statutes, direct access to NYPD records, and final disciplinary authority.”