01/30/2001

Civilian board is given more say in cop trials
[New York, NY]

By John Marzulli Daily News police bureau chief with Frank Lombardi January 27, 2001, Saturday Racing Final Edition Copyright 2001 Daily News, L.P. Daily News (New York) January 27, 2001, Saturday Racing Final Edition

(New York) -- In a dramatic reform of police discipline, the Civilian Complaint Review Board will hire lawyers to prosecute misconduct cases against cops - removing the NYPD from the trial process, city officials announced yesterday. Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik said the new system would eliminate the perception among cops and the public that the disciplinary system is a "kangaroo court."

"There's a lot of negativity out there because we do our own internal trials," Kerik said. "I think at some point we have to try and clear it up."

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