New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has accused the New York Police Department of engaging in “patterns of discrimination” against its minority officers, in a statement released Friday.
In the statement, Schneiderman said he will be asking NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly to conduct a review of how the department is handling complaints about its treatment of minorities.
The statement said, “The NYPD has been doing little wrong, and has consistently been held accountable for its misconduct.
We will not tolerate any discrimination or harassment.”
The statement comes a day after the department announced it would be hiring 200 new officers and hiring additional prosecutors.
The NYPD previously said it would hire 200 new cops and prosecutors.
The New York Post reported Friday that the police department has been accused of using racial bias in its policing practices.
According to the newspaper, the department had accused the NAACP of being behind the “disproportionate” arrests made in its stop-and-frisk practices, a claim the NAACP vehemently denied.
The NAACP also claimed that the department’s stop-listing practices disproportionately impacted minority communities.
The city’s police union has also criticized the department for its handling of the investigation of Officer Rafael Ramos, who died after he was shot and killed by New York City police officers in January.