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John Nuthall


March 7, 2018

Lynch: Arbitrary release of disciplinary records puts police officers at risk

PBA President Patrick J. Lynch said:  

“The Mayor and the NYPD have made it a policy to arbitrarily and illegally release personnel records, which is why we recently filed suit against them. Today’s statement shows they continue to use ‘transparency’ as a cover for what is really a politicized, secret and unchecked process that puts police officers at risk. A police officer was recently targeted by a mentally unstable person who managed to track down the officer in question and attempt to bomb his home, killing a civilian in the process. The Mayor and the NYPD know full well that even an ‘anonymized’ database can be exploited to harm police officers. Transparency with respect to personnel records has its limits, and the costs are incredibly dangerous."

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