New York Post
July 12, 2000


PBA WANTS A VOICE IN DECISION ON COP MONITOR

By JACK NEWFIELD and MAGGIE HABERMAN

Police union President Patrick Lynch wants in on the closed-door talks between Giuliani administration officials and Brooklyn federal prosecutors about an outside monitor for the NYPD.

In a letter written yesterday to Mayor Giuliani and Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch — a copy of which was obtained by The Post — the union chief said the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association has never been a part of the yearlong negotiationsover whether the Police Department should have federal oversight.

"We believe that the PBA has a right to participate in any negotiations between the [Brooklyn prosecutors] and the city regarding possible federal oversight," Lynch wrote. (He and Loretta Lynch are not related.)

"Such oversight may affect, among other things, the terms and conditions of our members' employment ... and statutory rights afforded our members under applicable state laws."

Patrick Lynch asked Giuliani's office and the U.S. attorney for a full briefing on the status of the talks, and wants to be included in the future.

 "Kindly contact me at your earliest convenience so that we may make the appropriate arrangements for the PBA to begin participating in this process," Lynch wrote.

Spokesmen for the U.S. attorney and the mayor did not return calls for comment. But sources close to the negotiations said it is unlikely either side would agree to having another party take part in the complex talks.

 "It's already complicated enough without bringing in yet another” person, one source said.

The letter was delivered amid reports that city officials and the feds are near a settlement that would allow an outside monitor to watch over the way police handle brutality complaints.

 Negotiations began more than a year ago, soon after the Amadou Diallo shooting and just as former Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Zachary Carter was wrapping up a probe into "patterns and practices" of abuse by the NYPD.

Carter's investigation was spawned by the 1997 stick-sodomy of Abner Louima by disgraced cop Justin Volpe in a 70th Precinct station-house bathroom.

 Sources told The Post that Giuliani aides have agreed to some form of federal oversight but that there's no common ground on how it would be implemented or how formal it would be.

 Giuliani objects to the term "monitor," and also wants the city to have some input in the selection process, the sources said.

 The feds want the city to sign a "consent decree" that would put the deal under the control of a federal judge — a move Giuliani opposes.