My one thought on this is to file a civilian complaint against the police department. There's usually a process in place that helps with complaints against the police. While the process is more so for the anti police liberals, perhaps us good guys can make this work for us too. After all, we're not going after the good cops working the street, we're going after the corrupt ones that are monkeying around with gun licenses.
I never thought i'd say it, but i basically agree. But its not through CCRB, unless you are dealing with a cop or detective, as that agency is only for the uniformed force. You should really complain to the IG for the NYPD at the DOI. That is the agency that can recommend changes to NYPD policies and practices. ANd you can be annonymous.
Members of the public may report any complaints or concerns regarding the New York City Police Department's operations, policies, programs and practices to OIG-NYPD via the online complaint form which can be found here.
OIG-NYPD can also be contacted at:
Office of the Inspector General for the New York City Police Department
New York City Department of Investigation
80 Maiden Lane
New York, NY 10038
Telephone: (212) 806-5200
Please note that when communicating with OIG-NYPD, members of the public are not required to provide personally identifying information and may submit a complaint to OIG-NYPD anonymously. However, it will be harder to investigate and clarify the concerns addressed in the complaint without having a way to reach the complainant. Whistle-blower protections apply to individuals' communications with OIG-NYPD, making it illegal for anyone to retaliate against a witness or someone who files a complaint in good faith.
This might be a good thing to generate a paper trail that there is an issue. They issue regular reports that the management is held to account for addressing.
Being a cop in the shittiest parts of the city since the mid 1980's really made me see the misery that is inflicted on unarmed victims daily. The physical, emotional, and psychological trauma that victims of violence feel really damages them. There is a feeling of helplessness, and a mental state that you begin to have that develops when you are victimized again and again, and you feel you cant defend yourself against the violent predators that are impossible to separate from the decent folks just trying to live and work everyday. When you work the street spanning several decades in the same neighborhood, It is embarrassing to see decent people you get to know get brutalized by youthful predators who have such a nihilist attitude towards their life and the life of their random victims. Its embarrassing because you take the report, but they know you cant protect them, and you cant legally let them protect themselves.
If they could be legally armed, they would feel empowered and not depressed about being older and weaker than the predators roaming freely among them. The NYPD's denial of the basic human right of self protection to its citizens is the biggest injustice the city's population will ever face.