Report: New York police running criminal checks on domestic abuse victims

By Arturo Garcia
Friday, March 15, 2013 13:42 EDT
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NYPD Officers. Image via Agence-France-Presse
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New York City police have been ordered to run criminal background checks on domestic abuse victims, The New York Post reported on Friday.

According to a March 5 memo obtained by the newspaper, Chief of Detectives Phil Pulaski has directed detectives to run background checks on both the accuser and the alleged perpetrator in domestic violence cases. If victims are found to have outstanding warrants, police are ordered to arrest them.

The new policy is already drawing criticism from victims’ advocates.

“You’re arresting the victim? That is crazy,” said attorney Marilyn Chinitz. “That is very, very frightening. It would absolutely dissuade people. They would not report a crime because they would fear getting locked up.”

Chinitz also said the policy would also endanger children living in abusive households.

“It would empower the perpetrator, and there’s going to be more domestic violence as a consequence,” she said.

[Image via Agence France-Presse]

[h/t Gothamist]

Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
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