It seems the NYT is using the word “civilian” to mean someone who is not a law enforcement officer. The proper meaning is someone who is governed by civil law as opposed to military law. The fact that law enforcement officers in the USA, unlike many other countries, are not considered members of the military is thus obscured. It is important to remember that law enforcement officers are not above the civil law.
“Civilian”, it would take an army of concerned citizens to keep an eye on the NYPD.
And the civilian monitor has been named: Mrs. Doris Kholodenko, president of the FOP Ladies’ Auxiliary.
2016: Year of the Snitch
And I’m guessing that this civilian monitor will be heavily monitored and pressured by the police. And… won’t have any enforcement power anyway.
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