The Secret Files: Bill De Blasio, The NYPD, and The Broken Promises of Police Reform (Hardcover)

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An unprecedented breakdown of the NYPD’s powerful network of police unions, pro-police lawyers, and top brass who work relentlessly to shield police officers from any real accountability

For readers of long-form, hard-hitting journalistic exposés like We Own This City, a compelling look at how we do—and don't—hold police responsible in America, by an award-winning progressive reporter covering the NYPD police beat

In 2018, reporter Michael Hayes uncovered a major story about how the NYPD was not only turning a blind eye to police misconduct, but also allowing hundreds of officers with severe misconduct charges to remain on the force. In the aftermath of that story, then-Mayor Bill de Blasio attempted to reform the department only to abandon his plans.

While de Blasio may have suffered a political setback, it’s New Yorkers who are the true victims of this failure to deliver accountability and transparency. The state has a law that specifically prevents the public from learning about concealed police records. New Yorkers are increasingly distrustful of the police after witnessing their loved ones being targeted, brutalized, and murdered with near impunity.

Hayes takes readers inside decades of police corruption and controversial laws, chronicling the stories of the families and activists who have had enough. He makes a compelling case for the limits of reform in the aftermath of the major Black Lives Matter rallies following the murder of George Floyd and growing calls to defund the police.

About the Author

Michael Hayes is a journalist whose work has appeared in ProPublica, Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, The Appeal, and elsewhere. He has reported America’s largest police department, the NYPD, for over five years.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781954220447
ISBN-10: 1954220448
Publisher: Kingston Imperial
Publication Date: February 21st, 2023
Pages: 340
Language: English