Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press Plus Major News Outlets Joint Legal Aid and Kramer Levin in Pantaleo Disclosure Effort

The Reporter's Committee for the Freedom of the Press, joined by over twenty press associations and major nationwide news outlets like The National Press Club, The News Guild - CWA, The New York Times, Daily News, and Associated Press, filed an amicus brief in support of efforts by The Legal Aid Society and Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, opposing the appeals by the City of New York and Officer Daniel Pantaleo.

On July 17, 2015, the Manhattan Supreme Court granted The Legal Aid Society's petition to require the Civilian Complaint Review Board to disclose a summary of Daniel Pantaleo's substantiated complaint history. The Court found both that the CCRB records were not personnel records under Civil Rights Law 50-a and that, even if they were, the City and Pantaleo failed to demonstrate that the records would lead to the type of harassment contemplated by the legislator.

Oral arguments are scheduled for the October term. We are confident that the First Department will affirm the Supreme Court Justice's decision and require the substantiated CCRB complaint history of Daniel Pantaleo, the officer who applied an illegal chokehold against Eric Garner, to finally be disclosed.