New York Daily News

December 10, 2014, 6:31 PM


 

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Union head Pat Lynch 'disgusted' by City Council's NYPD plans

BY ERIN DURKIN 

Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch 

Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association president Pat Lynch said he was “disgusted” by City Council proposals made in response to the chokehold death of Eric Garner.

The Council is directing the NYPD Inspector General to probe how the department racks, monitors, and addresses abuses by cops. They’re also setting up space in Council members’ district offices for the Civilian Complaint Review Board to take complaints and statements from citizens.

“I am disgusted with the double talk coming out of this City Council,” Lynch said. "They praise police with words and then take actions that clearly demonstrate their true lack of support for the very people who protect them and make their communities safe.”

He said it was wrong to make it easier to pursue CCRB complaints. “Civilian complaints are not worth the paper they are written on because anyone can file the most baseless, sensational complaint without fear of penalty if their complaint is proven to be false,” he said.

“If this Council is interested in really improving police community relations, let them introduce a bill requiring the complaints to be sworn under penalty of perjury that will help to separate real complaints from flat our harassment of arresting officers.”

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said Wednesday the moves are appropriate and necessary.

“The CCRB was very disempowered under the last administration and we want to make sure that we note to the communities that we represent that the CCRB is a place they can go and file complaints,” she said after an unrelated press conference at City Hall.

The Inspector General was created by Council legislation last year, and Mark-Viverito said its broad probe would be valuable.

“We want to really look at the overarching policy of the NYPD - how are they tracking officers that have complaints against them, and what is being done about them? I think that is something we have a role and a responsibility to do,” she said.