Oversight panel: NYPD top chief abused his authority in 2021 Brooklyn gun case

NYPD Chief of Department Jeffrey Maddrey is being accused of abusing his authority by the Civilian Complaint Review Board.

News 12 Staff

Apr 15, 2023, 10:23 PM

Updated 367 days ago

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NYPD Chief of Department Jeffrey Maddrey is being accused of abusing his authority by the Civilian Complaint Review Board.
The accusations come after the CCRB investigated his role in avoiding the arrest of a retired police officer back in Nov. 24, 2021.
According to court documents, this all stems from an incident in which three boys were playing with a basketball along Saratoga Avenue and it hit a store's security camera.
The lawsuit alleges the store owner chased after the boys with a gun. That man was a retired NYPD officer, who was then eventually placed under arrest.
According to footage obtained and released by the digital news platform 'The City,' the retired officer pleaded with police to call Maddrey, who was the chief of community affairs at the time. Maddrey can be seen arriving shortly after and the man is released. That conduct is what prompted the investigation by the CCRB.
CCRB Interim Chair Arva Rice issued a statement to News 12:
"After carefully reviewing the evidence, the full board deliberated this case and substantiated misconduct against Chief Maddrey. We used the NYPD's Disciplinary Matrix to determine the recommended discipline and it is now up to the Police Commissioner to hold Chief Maddrey accountable."
News 12 reached out to the department for a comment but had yet hear back as of Saturday night.
As for the three boys involved, their families have advocated for more oversight ever since. They rallied outside of Brooklyn Borough Hall just this past Monday to demand more accountability from the city.
The three boys and their families ended up taking legal action following the incident. Their attorney told News 12 the families are thankful for the backing of the CCRB but more needs to be done.
"It is essential that other concrete steps are taken to address Chief Maddrey's conduct, which has been defended by police and other influential actors in NYC precisely because selective enforcement is a feature of a system that serves the powerful at the expense of all others," said MK Kaishian, Partner at Kaishian & Mortazavi LLC.
The firm is now calling for Maddrey to resign.


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