Gothamist: Analyzing 323,911 Newly-Released Records Of NYPD Misconduct
“Michael Thomas, a staff attorney in the criminal defense practice for The Bronx Defenders, called the release “huge,” and predicted it would lead to major changes in how his cases will be tried, compared to the era in which 50-A shielded many records from discovery.
“A lot of our cases that end up going to trial are taken based off the word of police officers only, and when we prohibit any look into the history of a police officer, in a way we’re giving them blanket credibility without questioning anything else,” Thomas said. “To me, that’s not right.”
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