The Shooting of Mount Vernon, New York Detective Christopher Ridley in 2008, NYPD Officer Omar Grant in 2009, Pace University Student Danroy Henry in 2010, Kenneth Chamberlain of White Plains 11/19/11, Herve Gilles of Spring Valley 12/14/11, Duane Brown of Brooklyn 1/12/12, and Ramarley Graham of the Bronx shows us there is a critical need for dialogue for more oversight and policy review of Use of Force policies within the state of New York.
Municipalities presented with the challenge of investigating a related officer find themselves in a difficult position for several reasons. First, the municipality has to investigate an officer who they consider to be "one of their own." Second, the municipality has to decide how they can proceed with its investigation in a manner that will preserve its relationships with the police. Based upon the challenges that municipalities encounter, the only logical choice is to request aid in the form of a Special State Level Prosecutor to handle investigations and if necessary prosecute these cases. The burdens that municipalities face must be removed. The only way that these burdens can be removed is with state legislation that requires a Special Prosecutor in the form of a Inspector General