A sign that a state is losing its legitimacy is when judicial orders are openly defied, or when there are violent attacks on the judiciary. There was an assassination attempt on a federal judge in New Jersey last week, and now the alternative media is simply saying to hell with the judge’s order in the case of the NYPD records.
Deputy Managing Editor Eric Umansky said ProPublica requested the information from the city’s police watchdog agency, the Civilian Complaint Review Board, soon after last month’s repeal of state law that for decades had prevented the disclosure of disciplinary records.
Unions representing police officers and other public safety workers sued the city on July 15 to block Mayor Bill de Blasio from making good on a pledge to start posting misconduct complaints on a government website. The unions argue that allowing the public to see unproven or false complaints could sully officers’ reputations and compromise their safety.