The Bad Cop Database

Legal Aid Society’s database already contains information about accusations of wrongdoing against some 3,000 NYPD officers, and is being used regularly by its lawyers.

The Legal Aid Society’s database already contains information about accusations of wrongdoing against some 3,000 NYPD officers, and is being used regularly by its lawyers. (Photo: illustration by Slate. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images.)

A radical new idea for keeping tabs on police misconduct.

The Bad Cop Database

The largest organization of public defenders in the country is building a ‘cop accountability’ database, aimed at helping defense attorneys question the credibility of police officers in court. The database was created by the Legal Aid Society, a New York–based nonprofit that represents an average of 230,000 people per year with a staff of more than 650 lawyers. The database already contains information about accusations of wrongdoing against some 3,000 NYPD officers, and is being used regularly by Legal Aid lawyers. The ambition behind the project is to create a clearinghouse for records of police misconduct—something the NYPD itself does not make public—and to share it with defense lawyers all over the city, including those who do not work for Legal Aid.

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  1. Like people in All walks of life, there is good and Bad in every organisation.. Bad Police officers though should be made an example of.. There are there to uphold the law and the community values..
    And naming and shaming is one way .. Its a pity we can not do that in other organisations.. But then if the truth came out about many who need exposing.. I wonder if the public would believe it or turn a blind eye as they do to many other things..
    Many thanks for your posts JoAnn and for your informative subjects..
    Love and Blessings, Enjoy your weekend x Sue

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    1. Thank you, Sue. The same to you!

      Some will turn a blind eye, but some will notice. (And the lawyers will notice… and use the info to advantage!)

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  2. Hopefully other public defenders agencies will start their own bad cop data base. Maybe the police departments will start pressing charges against these officers and fire them as they should have done in the first place.
    Honey

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    1. This strategy will hopefully be used by many as a model.

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