Watchdogs Say They’re Proving More Complaints Against the NYPD

NEW YORK (AP) -

A report by the New York City agency charged with investigating police misconduct complaints shows that more allegations of excessive force are being substantiated.

The Civilian Complaint Review Board’s midyear report released Monday says that six percent of force allegations were substantiated between January and June of 2015. That’s the most since the second half of 1999.

In the first six months of 2015, the CCRB substantiated 237 complaints against 354 officers, up from 133 complaints against 187 officers last year.

From October 2014 through June 2015, investigators also substantiated 12 police chokehold cases.

While overall complaints are down, the report finds that about 1,800 officers of the 35,000-member police force are behind 80 percent of them.

The report concludes that cell phone video helps investigators back up complaints.