New York, NY – The New York City Council Progressive Caucus supports the argument for transparency regarding NYPD disciplinary records in the case of Uniformed Fire Officers Association, et al. v. de Blasio, et al. The caucus filed an amicus brief in support of the defendants, the city administration and the Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB). The lawsuit was brought by unions representing police, corrections officers, and firefighters in an attempt to stop the release of certain NYPD disciplinary records being made public after the repeal of 50-a by legislators in Albany.
In partnership with the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis, LLP, the Caucus filed an amicus brief arguing for (1) the importance of transparency to governing the City—especially right now, as caucus members, our colleagues, and the public debate whether current laws and procedures governing discipline are fit for purpose and whether and how to reform them. (2) the importance of open public records in keeping the government accountable and rooting out misconduct.
The full text of the brief can be found here.