The New York City Police Department has failed to take final action in cases involving nearly 150 officers in which the Civilian Complaint Review Board found over one year ago that the officers had engaged in misconduct. This backlog, first disclosed in a CCRB report released last week, prompted the New York Civil Liberties Union, 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care, and the Latino Officers Association to write today to NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly and CCRB Chairman Hector Gonzales and to demand that they address this situation immediately. A link to the letter is below.

According to a CCRB report issued last week, the NYPD has yet to take final action in cases involving 130 officers in which the CCRB substantiated cases of misconduct between January 2000 and June 2001. In addition, cases involving another 18 officers are pending from 1999 and 1998.

Today’s letter by the three groups stated: “It is essential that allegations of police misconduct be resolved in a timely manner, both for civilian complainants and for accused police officers.” It adds, “Long delays in NYPD resolution of CCRB-substantiated cases simply reinforce the perception that the Police Department is not serious about addressing police misconduct.”