Federal judge raps NYPD on discipline, says internal probes are lacking
Added 06-17-19 06:13:02am EST - “A federal judge lambasted the NYPD for accepting repeated denials from a detective accused of misconduct and city lawyers for standing behind flimsy internal police investigations.” - Nydailynews.com
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A federal judge lambasted the NYPD for accepting repeated denials from a detective accused of misconduct and city lawyers for standing behind flimsy internal police investigations.
Judge Raymond Dearie said in a sharply worded decision that 31 complaints against Brooklyn narcotics Detective Orlen Zambrano, who is being sued for excessive force against a drug suspect, never got the hard look they deserved.
“The investigations in these cases, fairly characterized, were at best modest — and no genuine factfinding occurred,” Dearie said. “The record further reveals that investigators routinely forgo any classic factfinding, even when there is clear corroborating evidence, preferring instead to affix the unsubstantiated label once the accused officer denies the conduct in question.”
The judge was responding to a motion made on behalf of suspect Matthew Jenkins, arguing that the city should have been aware that Zambrano was prone to misconduct given the history of complaints against him. The city’s Law Department contended that Jenkins was wrong to accuse the city of turning a blind eye to police misconduct since not one excessive force complaint against Zambrano had been substantiated.
“Apparently,” Dearie said, “unless an officer is caught red-handed or his conduct is undeniable for whatever reason, the NYPD and the city simply choose to regard the allegation as a nonevent … no matter the frequency or similarities in the complaint.”
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