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December 4, 2014

Experts: Difficult to prosecute cops on federal civil rights charges
By Anthony M. Destefano

n New York City, there have been a few notable federal prosecutions: in 1998 of Officer Francis Livoti in the chokehold death of Anthony Baez; and starting in 1999 of officers involved in a 1997 attack on Haitian immigrant Abner Louima inside a Brooklyn police station. Those prosecutions led to some convictions in federal court, but most allegations of police brutality or civil rights violations don't get that far, according to legal experts and federal statistics. advertisement | advertise on newsday A review of U.S. Justice Department data provided by the nonprofit Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, which compiles referrals and results of federal prosecutions, showed how infrequently criminal civil rights cases are brought in this region.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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