Judge rules NYPD must turn over shooting reports

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Posted: Feb 22, 2011 2:10 PM
Judge rules NYPD must turn over shooting reports

A New York City judge has ruled that the NYPD must hand over more than a decade's worth of reports on shootings.

State Supreme Justice Emily Goodman's decision means reports will be made public on more than 800 instances since 1997 where officers fired at civilians. They will include details on famous cases like the 1999 shooting of Amadou Diallo and lesser-known cases in which no one was hit.

The release follows a lawsuit by the New York Civil Liberties Union.

The names of officers will be made public, but other details like addresses will be left off. Identifying information on witnesses will vary.

The judge threw out the NYPD's argument that the reports would give up confidential investigative techniques and create a chilling effect on witnesses.