Two women are claiming that NYPD officers beat them outside of a Brooklyn bar on May 17th (be sure to check out the comments at the end of the full article):

Two lesbians Saturday accused cops of beating them with nightsticks while hurling anti-gay slurs at them outside of a Brooklyn lounge.

The women, Jeannette Grey and Tiffany Jimenez, said five officers threw them to the ground May 17 in front of IFE Lounge in Crown Heights about 3:30 a.m.

“All of a sudden cops are pushing,” Jimenez, 19, said in front of the 77th Precinct stationhouse. “I was on the floor. I had no shoes and they threw me on my back.

“They're yelling at me, 'B—, get down!'” she added. “I'm screaming and crying. I was shocked and angry and scared.”

“Tiffany and I were brutally beaten,” Grey, 31, claimed.

The incident has been referred to NYC's Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB).

The CCRB is effectively the NYPD's circular file for claims of police brutality. The CCRB investigates complaints and then sends their findings and recommendations back to the NYPD. The level of actual case involvement afforded to CCRB lawyers is solely at the discretion of the DA's office. The NYPD fails to prosecute (or here) a sizable portion of incidents verified by the NYPD. That all translates to ZERO citizen oversight of our police force here in NYC.

When you consider figures showing that settlements involving police misconduct in 2008 were $66.4 million, compared to $31.8 million in 1998 – even with the NYPD's ability to insulate themselves via the CCRB – it becomes clear that we have a large systemic problem with our law enforcement in NYC.

Earlier this year, New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn called for independent prosecution for police brutality cases. I'm not going to hold my breath waiting for that change to come.

This latest incident – part of a long string (here, here, here, here) – comes in an environment where minorities are disproportionately subjected to physical force and stop and frisk procedures.

What options are NYC resident left with?  Few. A rally against police on LGBT violence was held in Brooklyn yesterday. Beyond that, our civil rights come at the fancy of the NYPD.

As Pride kicks of this month, know that there will be at least one LGBT NYC resident with a video camera recording the process of keeping the peace.

Below the fold are some of the NYPD's boys in action.




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