Program leaders of Legal Aid Society’s new Cop Accountability Program has begun collecting news articles, lawsuits and city Civilian Complaint Review Board reports about cops accused of wrongdoing to share with lawyers and attorneys from outside firms.
But the head of the major union representing cops is objecting, saying the project does little more than soils the reputation of men and women who keep New York City safe, reported the Daily News.
More than 2,700 entries have already been uploaded to the database, according to the Legal Aid Society.
But Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch complained that the copy accountability program will be “horrifically one-sided,” and that compiling a list of police officers who are alleged to be “bad” based upon newspapers stories and baseless complaints dirties the reputation of the very men and women who do the difficult and dangerous job of keeping its citizens safe.
“Where is the database of the thousands of police interactions each day that save lives, take guns and drugs off the streets, prevent terrorist acts and demonstrate the concern and caring of our officers?” he asked.