How Manhattan DA Candidates Plan to Rein in Police Misconduct
“The police can only go as far as the DA lets them,” one defense attorney said.
Sam Mellins · June 17, 2021
Departing DA Cy Vance has faced criticism for continuing to rely on police officers with a history of misconduct. | Edwin J. Torres/Mayor's Office
Sam Mellins is senior reporter at New York Focus, which he has been a part of since launch day. His reporting has also appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Intercept, THE CITY, and The Nation.
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