50-a & Discipline CommitteeOctober 18, 2018
On October 5, 2018, DEA President Michael J. Palladino and Jim Moschella met with Mary Jo White and the new disciplinary panel commissioned by the Police Commissioner.
Here’s the backstory: On June 3, 2018, Michael J. Palladino appeared on the John Catsimatidis radio show to discuss the challenge to the 50-a Law. The audio was uploaded to the press section of the DEA website.
Here’s more backstory: On April 16, 2018, the online media outlet Buzzfeed released two stories containing leaked information about Officers’ disciplinary records in violation of the 50-a Law. The PBA obtained a temporary restraining order preventing the Department from releasing any information pending a hearing. The lower Court tossed the PBA’s lawsuit, but it has been reinstated by the Appellate Division. The DEA President, Michael J. Palladino, released the following statement to the New York Times:
“The law has merit and should not be changed. 50-a is a matter of safety and protection for cops. The Internet can easily compromise cops’ safety. That should outweigh the transparency discussion. Using the transparency argument, cop-haters are trying to push their agenda. Their argument is hollow. The average taxpayer is too busy trying to make ends meet and raise families to be concerned with police discipline.”