In a year marked by protests against police tactics, civilian complaints filed against New York City officers in 2014 fell to the lowest level in 12 years, says the Wall Street Journal. The Civilian Complaint Review Board said it received 4,788 complaints against officers, an 11 percent decrease from 2013. Through the first four months of this year the number of complaints fell from 1,776 to 1,290. The report attributed the drop in complaints to a decline in the number of interactions the NYPD has had with the public, including the number of times officers stopped and frisked people and the number of arrests and summonses officers handed out.
The review board, which investigates civilian complaints against the police department, highlighted what it said was an increase in the number of false statements by officers, improper searches and use of unnecessary of excessive force. Investigators recorded 26 allegations of false statements made by officers in 2014, the same number recorded in the years from 2010 to 2013 combined. The board recorded the highest number of chokehold complaints since 2001, coming in a year in which Eric Garner died as a result of an apparent chokehold by an officer. For every 100 force complaints in 2014, 9.6 were chokehold complaints.