Hurricane Sandy Prevented More People From Complaining About Cops

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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 27:  Members of the New York Police Department (NYPD) take part in a promotion ceremony attended by New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly at Police Headquarters on January 27, 2012 in New York City. Kelly appeared in the film "The Third Jihad" Muslim groups are asking him to step down, saying that the film they depicts Islam and its followers in a bad light. The film was shown to hundreds and maybe thousands of NYPD officers for training purposes. Commissioner Kelly refused to answer questions relating to rape allegations involving his son, TV host Greg Kelly.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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Technically the number of grievances filed to the Civilian Complaint Review Board, the mostly toothless and underfunded agency that's supposed to keep the NYPD in check, went down for the third straight year and fourth time in the last five, but only because of Hurricane Sandy. The New York Post reports that while complaints fell 2 percent, the storm displaced the CCRB for November and December, and forced the agency to get a new phone number not linked to 311, skewing the figures and keeping them from rising for the first time since 2009. While minor allegations of discourtesy and offensive language went down for the year, complaints about excessive force and abuse of authority went up anyway.