The city’s independent police watchdog group has a new chairman.
Citing his “heart for public service” and “commitment to justice,” Mayor de Blasio appointed Rev. Frederick Davie as the Civilian Complaint Review Board’s new chairman Wednesday.
Davie has been the board’s acting chairman since December.
“(He) has served the CCRB with distinction and proven an important partner in the ongoing effort to build trust between police and the communities they serve,” de Blasio said. “I have full confidence in his ability to lead the CCRB in a permanent capacity”
Davie has been a member of the CCRB’s board since 2016.
As acting chair, he oversaw the Board’s approval to begin investigating sexual assault allegations made against police officers.
The decision “would explicitly declare sexual misconduct by NYPD officers one of the most egregious abuses of authority there is,” Davie said when the Board made its decision in February. “The CCRB has the power and the moral obligation to investigate these cases.”
The CCRB is currently developing a protocol for these sex assault allegations.
Davie said he was honored with the appointment.
“I look forward to continued cooperation with my colleagues on the Board and with the CCRB staff as we work to hold the NYPD accountable and improve police-community relations,” he said.
Besides leading the nation’s largest civilian police oversight organization, Davie is the executive vice president of the Union Theological Seminary and is a member of the Mayor’s Clergy Advisory Council.
He also served on former President Barack Obama’s transition team and was appointed to the White House Council of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, according to his biography.
Davie is the board’s fourth chairman in nearly two years during a turbulent period for the agency.
In April 2016, chair Richard Emry stepped down after he was accused of making sexist remarks to staffers.
He was replaced by New School professor Maya Wiley, who turned in her resignation in August.
NYU Law Professor Deborah Archer succeeded Wiley and quickly created a controversy in law enforcement circles by encouraging the board to stop considering the prior criminal records of people accusing the police of abuse.
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