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    10.01.14 Professor I. Bennett Capers Appointed to the Civilian Complaint Review Board
    Professor I. Bennett Capers

    October 1, 2014, Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed Professor I. Bennett Capers, a leading expert in criminal law and procedure, and evidence law to serve on the Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB).

    Professor Capers joins a 13-member board made up of leading educators on social and racial justice, and experts on police and law enforcement, tasked with helping to lead the agency’s efforts to investigate complaints by New Yorkers against allegations of misconduct involving the NYPD.

    “New Yorkers deserve a strong and independent organization to investigate allegations of police misconduct, and these four appointees will help us move toward our goal of building a more respectful relationship between police and the communities they serve each day,” said Mayor de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, in a press release issued today.

    Professor Capers has written extensively on the relationship between race, gender, and criminal law and his work has been published in top law reviews. Prior to teaching, he spent nearly 10 years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where he tried several federal homicide cases and earned nomination for the Department of Justice’s Director’s Award in 2004.

    “Professor Capers is a leading criminal justice expert and outstanding teacher and role model,” said Dean Nick Allard. “He has the wisdom, experience, and temperament to assure thorough and fair consideration of civilian complaints, to uphold the integrity of New York’s Finest, and to advance the community interest of effective law enforcement and public safety.”

    Brooklyn Law School faculty has a long tradition of being active members of serving the citizens of New York through important committees or task forces. Most recently, Professor Stacy Caplow was appointed to the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on the Judiciary and Professor Karen Porter was appointed to the NYS Task Force on Life and the Law.

    Read the official announcement from the office of NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio.