Court grants The Legal Aid Society motion to turn over CCRB information on Officer Pantaleo

On July 17, 2015, the one-year anniversary of Mr. Garner’s death at the hands of Officer Pantaleo, the Court granted our Petition, ordering the CCRB to release a summary of substantiated misconduct for Officer Pantaleo. The Court held that the summary we requested was not a “personnel record” under the definition of Civil Rights Law 50-a (the FOIL exemption/Gissendanner statute).

If our government, through the Civilian Complaint Review Board and New York Police Department, has a record of substantiated misconduct by Officer Pantaleo that pre-dated Mr. Garner’s death, the public has a right to know about it. The ongoing debate about the effectiveness of our current systems of police accountability is happening largely in the dark due to the CCRB’s strict policies against disclosing individual officer misconduct, even when it has been substantiated by their own investigation. Cleary, this needed to change.