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After NYPD Releases Disciplinary Matrix, LAS Calls for Independent Oversight

The Legal Aid Society called for independence on issues involving NYPD disciplinary matters today after the City released a disciplinary matrix on how the Department will handle discipline going forward, according to the New York Daily News.

While most other serious City employee discipline issues are handled by the New York City Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings – an independent administrative tribunal – the NYPD has policed itself for decades which has contributed to the culture of impunity that thrives at precincts around New York City.

“The NYPD has far too much power in policing its own,” reads a statement from The Legal Aid Society. “The reluctance of top NYPD brass to discipline officers has led to a culture of impunity that has thrived within the NYPD for decades.”