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Complaints against police decreased in 2019

There was a 38 percent decrease in the number of complaints made against officers in 2019 compared to 2018, according to statistics released by police yesterday.

Commissioner of Police Anthony Ferguson held his annual meet the press where he released the 2019 crime statistics.

According to figures, there were 151 complaints made against officers in 2019: 17 for conduct of a major nature, 133 for unethical behavior and one for neglect of duty. The numbers show that 70 of the complaints were listed as incomplete and 81 were listed as completed.

There were 245 complaints made in 2018: 14 for conduct of a major nature, 227 for unethical behavior and four for neglect of duty.

When asked about police brutality yesterday, Ferguson accused the parents of abusive police officers of not raising their children right.

“The bible tells parents train up a child in the way you should go,” he said.

“…By the time you reach the police force, you ain’t no child.

“When you reach the police force, you’re accountable.

“And so, what do you expect to get?

“You only going to get what you give us.”

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Rachel Knowles

Rachel joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2019. Rachel covers national issues. Education: University of Virginia in Charlottesville, BA in Foreign Affairs and Spanish

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