In a new review, the New York City police inspector general found that officers were quick to use banned chokeholds and were rarely punished in accordance with suggestions offered by the Civilian Complaint Review Board, a police watchdog agency.
The new NYPD inspector general reviewed 10 cases from 2009 to 2014 in which officers used a chokehold – a banned tactic. In six of those cases in which the Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) recommended a substantive penalty – such as suspension or termination – then-Commissioner Ray Kelly balked, opting for the officers to simply review the rules.
“We really don’t know why the police commissioner came out with a different result, a lesser result than the CCRB recommended,” NYPD Inspector General Philip Eure told WNYC. “That sort of thing undermines confidence.”