NY Jail Official Removed for Spying on Investigators

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New York City correction chief Joseph Ponte removed his agency’s head of internal affairs in response to accusations that the official, Gregory Kuczinski, and his subordinates spied on city investigators as they were conducting undercover anticorruption operations at the Rikers Island jail complex, the New York Times reports.

The city’s Department of Investigation told Mayor Bill de Blasio that Kuczinski had overseen an effort to listen in on calls between one of its investigators and inmate informants. The subordinates “deliberately targeted … investigators for surveillance” and continued to do so even after receiving a directive to end the practice, the investigation agency said yesterday. Neither Kuczinski nor his subordinates had been “able to provide a coherent explanation for this misconduct,” the agency said.

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