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NYC Civilian Oversight Group Given Right to Prosecute Police Officers

A New York City appeals court unanimously ruled yesterday that the independent Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) will have the right to prosecute police officers being investigated for misconduct. The court also mandated, however, that all CCRB trials of police officers will be monitored by New York Police Department officials. Florence Finkle, the Director of the CCRB, and the first woman to head the Board since it became independent from the police department a decade ago, said that both the CCRB and the NYPD are still reviewing the court’s decision to understand if the Board will fully take-over prosecuting officers, a job currently performed by the NYPD’s Deputy Commissioner of Trials. Some police union leaders have expressed dismay over the expanding role of the civilian board, but advocates for police reform see the court’s decision as a positive move towards a fairer, more balanced oversight of the NYPD.

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Daily News Police Bureau, 01/09/03