TheNew York City Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) is an independent agency comprised of civilian employees that “is empowered to receive, investigate, mediate, hear, make findings, and recommend action on complaints against New York City police officers alleging the use of excessive or unnecessary force, abuse of authority, discourtesy, or the use of offensive language.” The CCRB has pledged that it will do the following for the citizens of New York City and the surrounding area:
- Encourage community members to come forward with their complaints when they feel they have been victimized by police officers.
- It encourages all those involved in the complaint to come forward so that they can present their evidence.
- It pledges to investigate each allegation that is brought to them thoroughly.
- The board members will recommend disciplinary actions that are fair and appropriate if their findings reveal that the officer(s) named in the complaint did display some form of misconduct.
- The agency agrees to respect the rights of both civilians and officers.
- It agrees to “report relevant issues and policy matters to the police commissioner.”
- The agency gives civilians and officers the chance the mediate their complaints so that the two can come to an understanding.
In 2017 alone, the CCRB received 4,487 complaints which was up by 202 from the year before, according to the New York Post. Among all the complaints filed, the source says, “Brooklyn logged the most complaints at 1,140 followed by Manhattan, which tallied 1,053.” More than half of the total complaints filed with the agency in 2017 “came from police encounters where no arrest was made or summons was issued.” The source also noted that “white officers accounted for 49% of the cops involved in the complaints and account for 50% of the NYPD as a whole.”
While the CCRB is available to help a victim of police misconduct recognize an officer of the law for the inappropriate behavior they displayed, another step you might consider taking depending on how serious the incident was is contact a Brooklyn, NY police brutality lawyer. While some police encounters involve an officer saying obscene things, others end with a person being illegally arrested and/or physically abused. Therefore, rather than simply file a complaint, you may wish to take things a step further and file a personal injury lawsuit against the Brooklyn officer and/or the department in which they work for.
Now, if you are interested in learning more about the litigation process and what steps you and a Brooklyn, NY police misconduct lawyer would have to take to hold an officer of the law accountable for the mistreatment they have inflicted upon you, contact USAttorneys.com today. We can connect you with a local lawyer in your area who specializes in handling police brutality cases who will be more than happy to explain the lawsuit process to you. Although not every case of police misconduct results in a lawsuit being filed, it is always a good idea to become informed on what your legal rights are along with the options you have available to you.