Mar 5, 2018

Hundreds of NYPD employees got away with egregious misbehavior

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Between 2011 and 2015, at least 319 New York Police Department employees who lied on reports or under oath, cheated, stole, assaulted New Yorkers, unnecessarily fired their gun, drove under the influence or sexually harassed someone, among other misbehavior, were allowed to keep their jobs, according to secret files obtained by BuzzFeed News.

Why it matters: Despite egregious wrongdoing, these officers were given "dismissal probation" from the police commissioner, which allows them to continue working as usual with no pay cut. And all disciplinary records are kept secret in New York.

Big picture: In the same time period, at least 777 officers in addition to other employees received "dismissal probation," while 463 officers resigned while disciplinary action was pending or were fired.

Go deeper: With BuzzFeed's full piece as they plan to "publish a database with information about the NYPD officers and civilian employees who have received dismissal probation."

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