A detective in Brooklyn is making media headlines after he filed a Civil Rights complaint against his fellow officers for the “racist culture” they practice in the 66th precinct.
Det. Michael Moy filed the complaint against two officers last Wednesday with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Moy accused the two officers of using racist language when referring to crimes in minority neighborhoods and teasing him for being Asian.
Brooklyn politicians have responded by calling for an investigation into the racist claims, The NY Daily News reports. Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President said on Tuesday the 66th precinct polices heavily populated communities with Asian, Jewish and Hispanic populations.
“If the allegations that were laid out in the story, if they are true, that’s alarming because that area of the borough is extremely diverse,” said Adams, who served as a former police captain for 22 years in the NYPD.
In his EEOC complaint, Moy accused the two fellow detectives of “s—canned” cases that involved minority crime victims.
“They don’t get the same quality of investigation as other people,” said Moy. “Especially the Chinese because they don’t speak English, and [detectives] can close the case easily.”
“People who had English as a second language were always reluctant to report crimes against them,” said Adams. “Because there was not a real welcoming energy from the law enforcement agency. And that is why we seek a diverse detective squad, supervisors and others, so that people can see familiar faces and understand the cultural norms of the communities.”