Earlier this summer, in his mad rush to take a knee before the “protesters” burning down parts of New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio made a public promise to publish a database containing records of police disciplinary cases on a city government website that would be available to the public. The PBA went to court to block that plan and last week a judge issued an injunction against the release of the data until she could hold a full hearing in a few weeks. The police had their own reasons for wanting this handled differently, while the Mayor’s supporters claimed it needed to be done immediately.
None of that matters now, however. As it turns out, ProPublica decided to take matters into their own hands and published the entire database on their website yesterday. How were they able to violate the judge’s order? Easy as pie, my friends. They simply claimed that the order didn’t apply to them. #HeadDesk (Associated Press)
Days after a federal judge paused the public release of New York City police disciplinary records, a news website has published a database containing complaint information for thousands of officers.
ProPublica posted the database Sunday, explaining in a note to readers that it isn’t obligated to comply with Judge Katherine Polk Failla’s temporary restraining order because it is not a party to a union lawsuit challenging the release of such records.
Deputy Managing Editor Eric Umansky said ProPublica requested the information from the city’s police watchdog agency, the Civilian Complaint Review Board, soon after last month’s repeal of state law that for decades had prevented the disclosure of disciplinary records.