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Tuesday, 06 December 2011
NEW YORK, NY – Today, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), the Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, and the representative of Lower Manhattan, urged U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to launch an investigation into numerous allegations of excessive force used by NYPD officers against Occupy Wall Street protesters – and by other police forces in demonstrations around the country – and whether certain officers deprived protesters or members of the media of their civil liberties. In a letter to the Attorney General, Nadler detailed many of the disturbing accounts of alleged police misconduct and pressed for a thorough inquiry.
Peter Vallone, the chairman of the council's Public Safety Committee, said the council doesn't have the power to subpoena the NYPD for its intelligence records. And even if it did, he said the operations are too sophisticated for city officials to effectively oversee. More oversight is likely needed, he said, perhaps from the federal government.
"That portion of the police department's work should probably be looked at by a federal monitor," he said after Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly testified Thursday at City Hall.