Report: Majority of NYPD mistreatment complaints come from youth of color
A new report put out by the Civilian Complaint Review Board shows majority of complaints about officers’ mistreatment of youth stem from encounters with youth of color.
The report has been released in the midst of protests calling for more police accountability across the city and country.
The majority of the complaints documented are from Brooklyn. In fact, the report breaks down the number of fully investigated complaints, which is 112 total, by borough saying 36% of the complaints came from Brooklyn and 26% of them came from the Bronx. The report also indicates that almost two out of three of the complaints were filed by youth of color.
The complaints in this report were received between Jan. 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019, with those filing the complaints between the ages of 10 and 18 years old.
The 112 complaints were fully investigated and closed, but there were 407 complaints filed. It’s not clear the status of the nearly 300 complaints that have not been closed. However of the 112, the report indicates about 47 were unsubstantiated.
Nonetheless, the report indicates that police interactions can be traumatic and have long lasting negative impacts, especially on youth.
The mayor said Sunday that he is planning to shift funding from the NYPD to youth development and social services for communities of color.
The exact amount of funding will be determined by the city council at a later date.