The Commission then made two recommendations before passing into history. The first was the establishment of a permanent corruption monitor outside the police department. The second was that the monitor must have subpoena power to investigate police corruption on its own. Mayor Giuliani, reversing his position as a federal prosecutor, rejected both.
For the record, here’s what the Mollen Commission said in its final report in 1994:
“If history proves anything, it is that when the glare of scrutiny shines on the Department, it can and will successfully police itself. History also proves that, left to its own devices, the Department will backslide and its commitment to integrity will erode. It is no coincidence that the only two times in the past 20 years that fighting corruption has been a priority in the Department was when an independent commission publicly reviewed and disclosed the Department’s failure to keep its own house in order.”
Note from Suzannah: