NYPD Inspector General Finds Past Chokehold Cases “Particularly Alarming”


The first report by the New York Police Department’s inspector general suggests that former Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly was lax in punishing officers in chokehold cases, the Wall Street Journal reports. The report looks at 10 alleged police chokehold cases from 2009 to 2014 in which the Civilian Complaint Review Board substantiated the complaint. It found that use of prohibited chokeholds, which was used as a first act of physical force by police in some of the reviewed cases, “particularly alarming.”

Of the 10 substantiated chokehold cases reviewed for Inspector General Philip Eure's study, Kelly made a final ruling about discipline in seven. “In every one of those instances, the Police Commissioner departed from the disciplinary recommendation of [the civilian review board], imposing a less severe penalty or, in two cases, no penalty at all.” Kelly’s successor, William Bratton, said he has yet to receive a chokehold complaint from the civilian board since his tenure started a year ago. Eure’s position was created by the New York City Council in 2013 over a veto by then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

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