The NYPD has been at the center of a firestorm of controversy. The stop-and-frisk policy created a disconnect between police and the community. The chokehold death of Eric Garner and the grand jury’s failure to criminally charge the police officer touched off protests.
Police have been accused of using excessive force -- cops turned their backs on the mayor. And as the voices of dissent grew louder, we paused in silence over the lost lives in recent months of three of New York’s finest shot to death on the job.
Demands for police transparency and oversight resulted in the City Council’s creation of the office of inspector general within the NYPD.
Philip Eure, a recognized expert in the field of independent police review, assumed that position a year ago. He held a similar position for 14 years in the Washington, D.C. police department.