New Inspector General for Police Department Announced

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Yesterday, Philip Eure became the city’s first Inspector General, to provide a unique oversight role that had not previously existed on the centuries old police force.

The appointment was applauded by local Bronx Councilman Andy King, who was a vocal supporter of the creation of the post since and it influenced’s the Councilman’s endorsement of the Mayor dring his campaign.

“Mr. Eure comes to the position with experience and good qualifications. It’s important for our city’s first Inspector General to understand the relationship of the NYPD and our communities of color; and how some of the policing policies worked or didn’t work.  To be able to provide an independent police review is crucial to improving and strengthening the relationships between the NYPD and the community,” said y King, co-chair of the Black, Latino & Asian Caucus (BLAC) and a member of the City Council’s Civil Rights Committee.

As Huffington Post reported,

“Eure, who previously served as the District of Columbia’s Executive Director for Office of Police Complaints, will lead an agency that seeks to provide unprecedented oversight of the country’s largest police force.

The appointment follows years of widespread condemnation from civil rights and minority groups over a number of the NYPD’s controversial police tactics, including stop and frisk and the department’s extensive surveillance of Muslims.

The New York Times reports Eure met with Police Commissioner Bill Bratton for an hour before the post was officially announced by the investigations commissioner, Mark Peters.”

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