June 26, 2020
The Department of Correction has now concluded its own internal investigation after the Bronx DA found no criminal activity following its six-month investigation
NEW YORK—Following the conclusion of an internal investigation, Mayor de Blasio today announced that 17 uniform Department of Correction staff will be charged for their conduct surrounding the death of Layleen Polanco. Three officers and one captain will be suspended without pay immediately. This comes as the Bronx District Attorney filed no charges following their own six-month investigation into the circumstances surrounding Polanco’s death.
“The death of Layleen Polanco was an incredibly painful moment for our city,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “What happened to Layleen was absolutely unacceptable and it is critical that there is accountability.”
"We are committed to ensuring that all of our facilities are safe and humane. Even one death in our custody is one too many and this swift and fair determination on internal discipline makes clear that the safety and well-being of people in our custody remains our top priority,” said Department of Correction Commissioner Cynthia Brann.