Press Release

Statement by Dan Quart on NYPD Protecting Abusive Police

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 15, 2021
Contact: Kate Smart
617-510-4803
kate@danquart.com

MANHATTAN - “New records released on Friday revealed that in more than 40 instances over the past 5 years, NYPD officers found guilty of abuse and misconduct by a police department judge had their guilty verdicts voided by NYPD commissioners and faced no punishment. This news is infuriating and a disgrace to the office charged with serving and protecting Manhattanites. Despite the CCRB and the NYPD judges evaluating evidence, hearing from witnesses and finding these officers guilty of misconduct, they faced zero repercussions because their commissioner felt they shouldn’t. 

This clearly demonstrates that police officers who engage in misconduct are not being held accountable. The unfairness and injustice of a system that protects police officers who violate their oath over getting justice for victims of their violence is exactly why the next District Attorney must be committed to fighting practices like this and holding police accountable. 

As Manhattan District Attorney, I will not be bound by the unilateral decisions of any police commissioner who ignores evidence of excessive force and misconduct. I will fully investigate and prosecute officers who engage in these practices. Uncovering abuses like this is why I fought for over five years to repeal 50-a, one of the worst police secrecy laws in the country. I have been fighting for these issues my entire career in government, almost a decade.

I’m running for Manhattan District Attorney to make Manhattan safer for everyone, including the New Yorker pushed into moving traffic by a police officer, and the New Yorker who was placed in an illegal chokehold by an officer. We can and we must build a New York that keeps everyone safe, and police accountability is a key piece of achieving that safety.”

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About Dan Quart: Dan Quart is one of NYC’s top pro bono attorneys and a New York State Assemblymember representing Manhattan’s East Side. A Washington Heights native who grew up in subsidized housing with working-class parents, Dan was raised by a public school teacher and a social worker who taught him the value of public service. Since graduating law school, he has dedicated his career to standing up for tenants' rights and advocating for criminal justice reform.

As Manhattan’s next District Attorney, Dan will fight to end mass incarceration, hold law enforcement accountable for police brutality, and ensure that all Manhattanites feel safe. Learn more at DanQuart.com and DanQuart.com/Press.