A New York City judge is essentially protecting dirty cops following a recent ruling which will prohibit the names of NYPD officers on the “bad cop” list. According to a report from the New York Post, city district attorneys no longer have to publicly disclose the names of officers who have lied on the job.
The list, which consists of officers “whose testimony could weaken cases because they are being sued, accused of misconduct or gave prior testimony that was later tossed,” should diminish an officer’s credibility. However, thanks to Manhattan civil court Judge W. Franc Perry‘s ruling, that is not the case. The officers are exempt from being made public under New York’s Freedom of Information Law.
And now, these officers’ names are merely scribbles in an attorney’s private notes.
“The adverse credibility finding is ultimately assessed by the attorney, familiar with the particular facts of the case, and must be analyzed within the context of a particular criminal case where a police officer may testify,” Perry wrote in his ruling.
He also considered prosecutors’ requirement to reveal findings to a defense attorney, “attorney-work product.”
Additionally, Perry did not challenge the DA office’s failure to maintain a list when it was requested by former Manhattan prosecutor Andrew Stengel in 2018. In court filings, Stengel argued that the Manhattan DA’s office kept a list for years, however the office begged to differ. They claimed that the first list of names was made just before it was released in January.
When the Manhattan DA’s office released the list, it consisted of 61 names, but did not include ranks or assignments, according to The Post.
“The inclusion of an officer’s name in the document does not necessarily mean that the District Attorney’s Office (‘DANY’) concurs with the court’s conclusion,” the DA’s office said in a statement at the time.
The outlet notes that the “bad cop” list released last month omitted “some of the officers with the worst history, including five cops who had been found guilty of lying and nonetheless called to testify as recently as last year.”
It is unclear why names were left off of the list. However, Stengel requested the list be released in full afterwards.
Stengel’s attorney told The Post that he is “confident that the decision will be overturned on appeal.”
It is interesting that the New York City judge would rule against disclosing the names of dirty officers considering the controversy surrounding the now-Exonerated Five and the evidence, or lack there of, used to place five then-teenagers in jail. Not to forget the ongoing case of Barnard College student Tessa Majors, who was stabbed and killed in Morningside Park, which has often been compared to the Central Park 5 case.
Barnard College Killing Timeline: From Tessa Majors' Tragic Death To NYPD's Questionable Tactics
1. On Dec. 11, Tessa Majors was stabbed and killed in Morningside Park.
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Heartbreaking.💔— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) December 12, 2019
Barnard College freshman Tessa Majors, 18, from Charlottesville, Va., was killed, stabbed repeatedly when confronted by group of men in Morningside Park near Columbia.
Her devastated family is en route to NYC. pic.twitter.com/kjCZ43Z4pH
2. On Dec. 12, 13-year-old Zyairr Davis was taken into custody.
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NYPD says a 13-year-old confessed to the stabbing of Barnard College student Tessa Majors in a death that's riled the city. Here's everything to know...https://t.co/2CdnhT0499— NewsOne (@newsone) December 13, 2019
3. On Dec. 13, charges were dropped against the second teen in the brutal killing.
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Charges have been dropped against the second teen in the brutal Barnard College student killing.https://t.co/ExQIEjFfJl— NewsOne (@newsone) December 15, 2019
4. On Dec. 15, Sergeants Benevolent Association president Ed Mullins alleges that Tessa Majors was in Morningside Park to "buy marijuana."
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The family of slain Barnard College student Tessa Majors slammed a police union chief for suggesting the 18-year-old was trying to buy marijuana when she was killed— KTVU (@KTVU) December 16, 2019
5. On Dec. 16, Tessa Majors' family speaks out against Sergeants Benevolent Association president Ed Mullins claim that the student was going to "buy marijuana" at Morningside Park.
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The family of slain Barnard student Tessa Majors blasted the police union official who linked her murder to an attempt to buy marijuana.https://t.co/rY1kftS21Y— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) December 16, 2019
6. On Dec 16., the second teen allegedly bolted out of a car on the way to turning himself in to police.
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ON THE RUN: Police say a 14-year old suspect in the murder of Barnard College Student Tessa Majors is on the run after escaping from a car on his way to meet police. @ErielleReshef reports. https://t.co/PsBCcySrhA pic.twitter.com/JPemCJ1Wz9— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) December 18, 2019
7. On Dec 20., NYPD Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison tweeted a photo of the teen that allegedly fled, in an effort to locate him.
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The New York City Police Department requests assistance from the public in locating this individual.— Chief Rodney Harrison (@NYPDDetectives) December 20, 2019
All calls are kept strictly confidential. pic.twitter.com/0UR2wpmzNP
8. On Dec. 20, a Connecticut man was arrested for threatening to kill Black people in Harlem in retaliation of Majors' murder.
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ANGER BOILS OVER: Police say a Connecticut man has been charged with threatening to kill the teen suspect in custody in the Tessa Majors murder investigation. More here: https://t.co/lXq1YnGUcE #CBSNewYork— CBS New York (@CBSNewYork) December 22, 2019
9. On Dec. 22, Gothamist released a report on the detective who questioned Zyairr Davis without an attorney present. He has allegedly been accused of corruption.9 of 10
10. On Dec. 26, the NYPD revealed that they have the third suspect, who was on the run for 15 days, in custody.
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Update: We have located this individual. Thank you to everyone who reached out with information.— Chief Rodney Harrison (@NYPDDetectives) December 26, 2019
This is an active and ongoing investigation.
If you have any information about this incident or any other crime in NYC call @NYPDTips at 800-577-TIPS https://t.co/rt2AQqjZqe
‘Bad Cop List’ Protected After NYC Judge Rules Against Disclosing Names was originally published on newsone.com