There are always "bad apples" in the bunch. With police officers, it can be particularly poisonous.
Police officers in New York are supposed to uphold and enforce the law. When they break the law, by lying in reports, destroying evidence, or otherwise misusing power, the effects both on the particular victim and on a city's legal culture can be devastating.
Acting against misconduct with the help of a civil rights attorney may not only help the victim recover, but be a civic duty.
The NPAP is a project of the National Lawyers Guild to help attorneys devoted to ending police misconduct by assisting its members with training and support, educating the public, and coordinated legal action.