Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani slammed claims that police brutality is a “systemic” issue in an appearance on Fox News Channel’s “Bill Hemmer Reports.” “Law enforcement reforms are certainly needed, but I also think that to make it appear as if police brutality is systemic is really propaganda — Police brutality is an issue but it’s not the major issue that they are trying to make it.”  “The protests, insofar as they raise the issue of the injustice to Mr. Floyd, are absolutely correct. But as they raise the issue of some kind of massive police brutality, if you look at the statistics, only 10 percent of the shootings of unarmed people involve blacks, 20 percent involve whites,” Giuliani said.

New York police misconduct.

Police misconduct and New York City have an ongoing unsettling history between the men and women in blue and the alleged criminals, who often end up victims of law enforcement encounters where they are met with excessive force causing physical harm and/or death, sexual assaults, bias-based profiling, unlawful searches, and false arrest.

Records of New York City Police use of force.

A New York City ruling in 2016 mandated that all encounters using any type of force are supposed to be recorded for data tracking purposes and to identify patterns of officers, or a certain targeted demographic possibly victimized by biased-based profiling. The unfortunate loophole in this instance is that some officers are using force in situations where an arrest is not made leaving no record of that negative action.  The policy addressed levels of force classifications, but did not change when police officers can and cannot use force.

  • Level 1: Physical Force/Less Lethal Device: Hand strikes, foot strikes, forcible take-downs and use of pepper spray,
  • Level 2: Use of Impact Weapon/Canine/Less Lethal Device: Use of stun guns, batons, or police canine bites,
  • Level 3: Deadly physical force: firearms discharge, physical force readily capable of causing death or serious physical injury.

The level of force utilized in an encounter determines what supervising employee will investigate the officer’s actions.  The “Force Investigations Division” follows up on firearm discharges and cases of serious injury, or death of an individual during an arrest.

Lack of transparency is damaging.

The activities of police who have overstepped their professional authority and committed some form of police misconduct are often concealed from the community. since little information is publicly released about the review of NYPD officers due to New York State Section 50-A of the Civil Rights Law, that ensures privacy for officers accused of violations.

Seek legal counsel.

If you or someone you know has been a victim of police misconduct, seek legal counsel specializing in actions of police brutality to review your case and assist you with a formal department complaint, file civil, or criminal charges, represent you in a court situation and assist with a comprehensive settlement.