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At a City Council Oversight hearing today, Speaker Christine Quinn called for the City's Civilian Complaint Review Board to take over the prosecution of substantiated cases of public complaints against the NYPD.
Currently the CCRB investigates the charges and only refers the cases of alleged police misconduct the panel believes are valid to the NYPD for internal discipline.
Quinn's call comes as the CCRB reports that increasingly the NYPD is declining to pursue the police abuse cases the Civilian panel brings the police. In both 2007 and 2008 the police failed to follow up more than a third of the claims that the CCRB ruled had merit.
For its part the NYPD contends the CCRB does not understand the law and the nature of police work.