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Ex-boss of NYPD oversight agency: Make police records public

NEW YORK (AP) – The ex-head of the agency charged with investigating police misconduct allegations says New York City’s mayor shouldn’t keep its records secret.

Richard Emery writes Friday in the Daily News (http://nydn.us/2grYCb0 ) that city lawyers told him not to disclose investigation outcomes.

Police officials stopped providing NYPD disciplinary proceeding outcomes earlier this year, though they’d previously done so for decades.

Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH’-zee-oh) argued doing so put the city in compliance with state law that prevents disclosing officers’ personnel records.

But Emery says the independent Civilian Complaint Review Board’s findings aren’t personnel records.

A state judge has ruled as much in a case involving Eric Garner’s deadly chokehold. The city is appealing that ruling.

A mayoral spokesman says de Blasio wants to change state law to allow more disclosure.


Information from: Daily News, http://www.nydailynews.com

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