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Civil rights advocates in the city note however that there has been a cost to the new strategy revealed by steady citizen complaints against more aggressive NYPD officers during the past several years and continuing impunity for many officers who commit human rights violations despite the recent reorganization of both the civilian review board and the police departments internal affairs bureau In August 1997 after the alleged torture of Haitian immigrant Abner Louima by police officers made national headlines and outraged city residents the anti-crime record of the mayor and police department was tarnished In uncharacteristic fashion Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Police Commissioner Howard Safir condemned the officers implicated in the incident as well as those who reportedly did nothing to stop it or report it In the citys Civilian Complaint Review Boards CCRB semiannual report for the first half of 1997 African-Americans and Latinos filed 78 percent of complaints against the police The police force is 68 percent white During the independent CCRBs first three-and-a-half years only 1 percent of all cases disposed of led to the disciplining of a police officer and out of 18336 complaints there have been just one dismissal of an officer stemming from a CCRB-substantiated case If the studies by civil rights groups and the Mollen Commission are any indication officers who commit abuses are not being dealt with adequately In that incident after protesters allegedly threw items at mounted police officers attempting to clear the park police reacted by beating anyone nearby with their nightsticks including uninvolved restaurant patrons and business owners In the end administrative charges were presented in seventeen cases with officers disciplined in thirteen of them Officers primarily from the 30th 9th 46th 75th and 73rd precincts were caught selling drugs and beating suspects Concluded Cawley They residents hate the police Youd hate the police too if you lived there What emerged was a picture of how everyday brutality corrupted relations among police officers and
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