Call For A Free Initial Consultation 800-836-3152

New York Civil Rights and Criminal Defense Lawyers

Menu Contact

Court blocks attempt to release police personnel records

If there is something that seems like it shouldn't happen, it's the shielding of records that should be available to the public. In New York, the top court determined that it would continue to shield the police misconduct records from the public.

New York's Civil Rights Law allows personnel files of police officers to be sealed. The files belonging to firefighters and corrections officers may be sealed as well. However, there is a problem since sealing those records could also seal away a history of misconduct. What does that mean for citizens? It means they don't know if an officer has been disciplined for misconduct or if they've been involved in negative situations in the past.

The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) has been fighting to get these records released. The NYCLU believes that it is of the public's interest to know about the officers who are taken before the Civilian Complaint Review Board. In fact, the NYCLU did initially win a court order to get redacted records released. An appeal overturned that judge's opinion.

The goal of shielding these reports, according to the court, is to shield officers from harassment and embarrassment. Judges need to determine, on a case-by-case basis, if an officer's record should be open to the public.

This is something that may worry you, just as it worries others. Today, it's not easy to know anything about the people who are designated to protect you. That includes not knowing who among those individuals may decide to take matters into their own hands or to deliver their own form of "justice."

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

Tell Us About Your Case

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Sivin & Miller, LLP Attorneys at Law
20 Vesey Street
Suite 1400
New York, NY 10007

Toll Free: 800-836-3152
Fax: 212-406-9462
New York Law Office Map