September 2, 2020, 06.18 PM

The NYPD, however, said many more officers have been dismissed or forced to separate from the department, including 27 in 2018 and 31 in 2017.

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The head of the city's largest police union blasted the guidelines for different reasons, painting them as a way for elected officials “to manipulate NYPD discipline to further their radical political goals”.

“Apparently mandatory minimums and sentencing guidelines are unfair to criminals but perfectly fine for cops," said Pat Lynch, president of the Police Benevolent Association, suggesting the guidelines would be subject to change "based on headlines and poll numbers, rather than any objective sense of justice or fairness”.

The NYPD is shifting to formal disciplinary guidelines at a time when law enforcement agencies around the world are being pressed to be more transparent about discipline in the wake of protests over the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd in May.

Police Commissioner Dermot Shea, who will still have the final say on discipline, said it was important to have a “road map” so the public and officers know what to expect.

Development of the matrix was well underway when city council passed a law in June mandating its use.

The law also requires that the public be informed about how often Shea deviates from it.

Around the same time, state lawmakers sought to shed more light by repealing a decades-old law that had kept police disciplinary files secret. Police unions suing to block their release are appealing after a judge ruled last week that they should be made public.

A 48-page draft report lists presumptive penalties for dozens of forms of misconduct, including termination for using deadly physical force without justification, engaging in hate speech and making a false statement.


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