(Wall Street Journal) — A state Supreme Court judge has ordered the New York Police Department to hand over more than a decade’s worth of internal reports detailing police shootings of civilians. Justice Emily Jane Goodman of Manhattan gave the department 60 days to release reports compiled since 1997 to the New York Civil Liberties Union, which has been seeking the information for almost four years.
“For the first time, the public will know what the NYPD’s own investigations have uncovered about shootings,” said Christopher Dunn, the NYCLU’s Associate Legal Director. The case arose after the November 2006 police shooting of an unarmed Queens man, Sean Bell. The 23-year-old father was killed near a strip bar where he had attended a bachelor party on the eve of his wedding.