Updated: February 28, 2016, 12:53 PM
BY JOHN MARZULLI
|JAMES KEIVOM/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS|
|Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch has said CCRB chair Richard Emery needs to either resign or be fired.|
The head of the Civilian Complaint Review Board should “resign or be fired,” the head of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association said Sunday.
PBA President Pat Lynch told AM 970 radio host John Catsimatidis that CCRB chair Richard Emery can’t overcome the conflict posed by his law firm’s plaintiffs who have made CCRB complaints and are suing the city.
“This is wrong. He needs to resign or be fired,” Lynch said. “He cannot fulfill the city’s charter, which demands investigations are fair and independently done, and more importantly impartially done. You can’t investigate a case that your firm is doing to make money off of.”
A review by the Daily News found that Emery’s firm brought in lawsuit settlements and legal fees totaling more than $1 million in suits against the city and cops when Emery got the CCRB gig.
Emery said last week that his firm would turn away any client who had a complaint substantiated by a CCRB panel that included Emery, a move beyond what was required of him by the Conflicts of Interest Board, which granted him permission to keep his name on the law firm.
He said he was considering giving up any share of profits derived from suits in cases that involve the CCRB.
Emery also apologized for accusing police unions of “squealing like a stuck pig” in their efforts to drive him out. “I have the utmost respect for policing as a civic function and police officers as people and publicly servants who selflessly serve us all,” he said.
But Lynch said those moves aren’t enough.
“It’s just wrong and no matter how you twist it, you can’t make it right,” he said.
Lynch also slammed the City Council for voting itself a 32% raise, to $148,000 a year.
“Remember New York City police officers are one of the lowest paid in the country, but the City Council, who sit in the safety of the Council chambers at City Hall, can give themselves not only the raise that [an independent commission recommended], but they tacked on $10,000,” he said. “It’s disgraceful and it’s just morally wrong.”