NEW YORK — The Sergeants Benevolent Association is urging officers to be “hyper-vigilant” when dealing with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, according to a statement sent out Friday.
The warning comes after an arresting officer claims an assistant district attorney “intentionally omitted” details about a Manhattan shoplifting incident. SBA President Vincent Vallelong said the suspect in that case used cutting shears to threaten store employees, a detail that was left out of the ADA’s report.
The arresting officer in that case refused to sign the report, according to SBA’s statement.
“Make sure that what you sign is exactly what happened,” Vallelong said. “I don’t think we have to tell you that if you sign something prepared by a Manhattan District Attorney that is inaccurate, they will blame you and prosecute you.”
Bragg defended the changes, saying they “make us safer [and] free up prosecutorial resources to focus on violent crime.”