Lawsuit Against NYPD Internal Affairs Alleges Arbitrary Spying, Racial Discrimination, Sexual Impropriety

do not crossdrpavloff/foter.comA pair of lawsuits by black female officers with the NYPD's Internal Affairs Bureau allege that the division arbitrarily spies on cops, discriminates against minorities, and that they are subject to sexual harassment including the trading of sexual favors for promotions. Via the New York Post:

“Plaintiff alleges that African-American Female Officers’ in particular, are expected to engage in the stereotypical behaviors of being primarily subservient to primarily Caucasian Male police supervisors by acting as their “personal secretaries, paramours, or sex partners,” the suits allege.

Black female staffers in the IAB who don’t play the game are routinely denied promotions and preferred assignments, according to the suits.

Calling the IAB a “Good Ole Boys” club, the women allege that agency brass routinely tap random officers home and cellular phones and look into their private financial records as part of dubious investigations, the suits state.

Black and Hispanic officers who file discrimination claims against the department mysteriously become targets of IAB “fishing” missions, the suits claim.

The lawsuits also claim minority officers are punished more harshly by the bureau than their white counterparts.  Earlier this year, a detective who served as an aide to the Internal Affairs Bureau’s chief likened the division to “the mob” and endorsed the idea of an inspector as she prepared to file her own lawsuit.

Between 1992 and 2008, an average of 119 cops were arrested a year, according to Internal Affairs Bureau reports. A 2010 Village Voice exposé  of the NYPD’s internal affairs division revealed that internal affairs cases are processed at a “snail’s pace” no matter their size or significance, that it’s often impossible to find out what happened with a complaint, and that cops who complain to the bureau about their colleagues are often retaliated against by their supervisors.

The NYPD is currently facing a series of lawsuits alleging retaliation against whistleblowers; the department argues, backed by case law, that the whistleblowers shouldn’t be protected because reporting on internal misconduct is part of their job.

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  • John C. Randolph||

    Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

    -jcr

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

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  • John Thacker||

    I came here expecting to see this quote. I am pleased.

    Thank you, sir.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Black and Hispanic officers who file discrimination claims against the department mysteriously become targets of IAB “fishing” missions, the suits claim.

    Stopped and frisked, perhaps?

  • Michael S. Langston||

    that agency brass routinely tap random officers home and cellular phones and look into their private financial records as part of dubious investigations

    So the problem is they're being treated like the average citizen?

  • ||

    Well, since Internal Affairs is sort of the cops that police the cops, that only makes sense, right? They view regular cops the way regular cops view us.

    I'm not feeling a lot of pity.

  • Jquip||

    Probable Cause: "Your honor, they have a tight night and familial relation with one another. So if one is guilty, the others will aid and abet them. Therefore, all police are probably guilty. Justice can only be served if you let us re-enact Watergate on the police"

  • SweatingGin||

    OT: fuck yea - 3D printed (metal) 1911. Appears to be perfect.

  • UnCivilServant||

    Hey, aren't those laser sintering patents ready to expire?

  • Acosmist||

    Color me dubious.

  • Calidissident||

    Of the NYPD. At this point, I don't think the NYPD could do anything that would surprise me.

  • UnCivilServant||

    Nor can it muster sympathy from me.

  • Erik Jay||

    "...that the whistleblowers shouldn’t be protected because reporting on internal misconduct is part of their job."

    Whaaaaaa? Hey, writer, editor -- clarify, please. This is awkward, even opaque.

    Or I am.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    No, that's just how fucked up the logic of their argument is. From the link:

    the NYPD is arguing, as it and other police departments have before, that Matthews’ whistleblowing, reporting misconduct, was part of his official duties and so not subject to [1st Amendment] protection.
  • Erik Jay||

    Thanks. I think. I probably could have had an inifinitessimally better life not knowing that. But I know enough about this police state of ours, anyway, and no carefree lifestyle is possible anymore. Thank dog I had the late 60s, 70s, and 80s. Shoot, even the Clinton Era was fun in its way. Seems like another freakin' planet in another age. Man, I don't want to be thinking about that, either. Jeez, Heroic Mulatto, thanks a lot for ruining my night, OK?! Dang!

  • anarch||

    A referee, whose job is to blow whistles, assumes the risk of so doing.

    IAB employees are such referees, hence they are responsible for the consequences of performing their jobs.

    Or something.

  • anarch||

    I defer to HM's explanation.

    Until Dunphy returns.

    Tee-hee.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

  • Erik Jay||

    I saw Dunphy get national coverage last month sometime, commenting on one of the daily police horrors in Anytown, USA. I believe he made a qualified case against the police action. Can you point me to a thread or post that explains Dunphy's absence (or departure)? I don't want to go OT or waste your time. Anyone who wishes to pass along public information about it (no rumors or gossip) can reach me here: erikjay AT live DOT com. Just curious, that's all.

  • Generic Stranger||

    Different Dunphy, dude; our Dunphy thinks of himself like the nationally-known writer, but was just a cop apologist.

  • JidaKida||

    Sometimes man you just have to roll with the punches.

    www.Privacy-Road.tk

  • Pathogen||

    You sure got this life thing figured out, cymbal-banging monkey...

  • ||

    If there's anything black women are known for, it's being harassed all the time by white men.

  • ||

    Most of the time we hear about Internal Affairs in many police departments clearing other cops all the time and seemingly not even trying to investigate complaints or bad behavior.

    What we might be seeing here could be the result of how huge the NYPD is, which is something like 35,000 or 36,000 officers. There are just so many cops for the IAB to investigate, and who it seems they have a lot of power over, that they start treating other cops the way regular cops treat us. I mean, if everybody is a cop, nobody is. Or something like that.

  • Swamp Think||

    If you're not IAB, you're little people.

  • Rich||

    "expected to engage in the stereotypical behaviors of being primarily subservient to primarily Caucasian Male police supervisors ...," the suits allege.

    "The stereotypical behaviors"? "Primarily subservient"? With all due respect, who writes this stuff?

  • Killazontherun||

    Agenda mongers.

  • Rhywun||

    Here, just take my wallet already. I have no use for it any more.

    /new yorker

  • mad libertarian guy||

    This is all impossible.

    This is New York; a progressive paradise in the North where racism doesn't exist.

  • UnCivilServant||

    Do you have spares for a model 82 sarcasm detector? It seems to be incompatable with newer models and the voltages used by the older models fry it...

    I was going to go into a diatribe about how horrible things are here, but then my logic centers determined based upon other attributes that there was probably a fault in the sarcasm detector again.

    But, we are probably the most racist state in the union as of now. Except maybe california.

  • mad libertarian guy||

    It's not the batteries. It need recalibration. Once you recalibrate, the voltages will no longer spike and fry the whole deal.

    I have never met more racist Americans than northerners.

  • mr simple||

    It sounds like the best thing to do at this point is just to shut down the NYPD. It's too far gone to salvage any of it.

  • ||

    “Plaintiff alleges that African-American Female Officers’ in particular, are expected to engage in the stereotypical behaviors of being primarily subservient to primarily Caucasian Male police supervisors by acting as their “personal secretaries, paramours, or sex partners.""

    Race card and b.s. feminism allusions. Dont get a promotion? Copy and paste above.

  • Aresen||

    A pair of lawsuits by black female officers with the NYPD's Internal Affairs Bureau allege that the division arbitrarily spies on cops, discriminates against minorities, and that they are subject to sexual harassment

    Must be horrible to be treated like one of the plebs when you are a member of the praetorians.

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