Police Misconduct Data Laws & Policies

New York City Police Misconduct Data Laws

NYC Council Local Law 2017/166 (Intro. 119-d) required the NYC law department to post information on its website regarding civil rights lawsuit allegations starting on January 31, 2018. The Law Department of the City of New York makes this lawsuit data public on this website.

Click here for final version of law or here for legislative history »

In April 2015, the Office of Inspector General for the NYPD called for this type of data to be analyzed by the NYPD in identifying potential patterns of misconduct to improve Patrol Guide provisions, trainings and risk management for the police department in this report »

New York State Police Misconduct Data Secrecy Laws

New York Civil Rights Law section 50-a, promulgated in 1976, provides that “all personnel records used to evaluate continued employment or promotion, under the control of any police agency... shall be considered confidential and not subject to inspection or review without the express written consent of such police officer... except as may be mandated by lawful court order.”

Watch this video by New York Civil Liberties Union for more information about 50-a:

Additional Resources

NYCLU: This Law Makes It Nearly Impossible to Police the Police in New York »

New York City Bar Report: Allow for Public Disclosure of Police Records Relating to Misconduct: Repeal CRL 50-a »

Review Civil Rights Law 50-a Legislative History »

Advocates push for repeal of 50-a ahead of session »

Timeline of Legal Aid 50-a Litigation

Litigation against CCRB for summary of Daniel Pantaleo's civilian complaint history
Litigation against CCRB for summary of PO Jason Macarron's civilian complaint history
Litigation against CCRB for summary of retired detective Louis Scarcella's civilian complaint history
Litigation against NYPD for five years of summaries of disciplinary outcomes (formerly available through Public Information office)