Progressive mayoral candidate Maya Wiley desires to defund the police to assist finish racial discrimination, however she lower her enamel as a federal prosecutor defending correction officers accused of brutality and racism, in line with The Post’s evaluate of her authorities instances.
Wiley, 57, a former counsel to Mayor de Blasio who additionally chaired the Civilian Complaint Review Board, informed the New York Times last month, “I’ve been a civil rights lawyer and advocate my whole career.”
But as a younger lawyer, Wiley labored to dismiss civil rights fits towards the federal authorities as an Assistant US Attorney within the Southern District of New York between 1994 and 1997.
And that have — wherein Wiley defended federal corrections officers who allegedly threw a prisoner down a flight of stairs and US Post Office workers accused of harassing a black co-worker after she filed a discrimination grievance — is lacking from her official marketing campaign bio and her LinkedIn profile.
Wiley’s work as a federal prosecutor got here instantly on the heels of the 2 years she spent as a employees legal professional for the NAACP’s Legal Defense and Educational Fund, which resulted in 1994. There is a niche of three years between the NAACP work and her tenure as a senior advisor on the Open Society Institute, which started in August 1997, in line with LinkedIn.
In greater than 25 instances reviewed by The Post, Wiley defended numerous federal businesses, together with the Bureau of Prisons, Veterans Affairs and the Post Office, in complaints involving civil-rights challenges.
In 1996, Wiley acted for 2 corrections officers and one other worker on the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan who allegedly beat up a prisoner “and tried to throw him down a flight of stairs while he was handcuffed,” in line with federal court docket paperwork.
The prisoner, Christopher Moore, stated that Officers George Agosto and Jose Herrera punched him whereas the prison’s leisure director William Langehenning “hit my face into the wall,” court docket papers say.
Moore, who acted as his personal legal professional, claimed in court docket papers the trio used extreme pressure and left him with “bruises on his body, headaches, and pain in his shoulders and upper back, and that he continues to suffer from impaired mobility in his left shoulder.”
Wiley misplaced the case on its most essential declare — using extreme pressure — though she managed to get most of Moore’s different claims dismissed, in line with court docket papers. But as a result of Moore sued the employees and never the prison company itself, he was denied financial damages, in line with court docket papers.
In a case that started in 1994, Wiley represented Postmaster General Marvin Runyon Jr. in a discrimination go well with by black postal employee Nettie Christian, who alleged that quickly after she filed a grievance below the Equal Employment Opportunity Act, “management incited other workers against her,” court docket papers say.
Christian, who suffered from a number of well being issues, was “forced to work standing at a conveyor belt while other workers were permitted to sit down” even after bringing in copious docs’ notes outlining persistent leg and again ache that prevented her from spending lengthy hours on her toes, court docket papers say.
“Kevin, a white worker … started hurling profanity at her” after she filed her grievance, court docket papers say. “Plaintiff claims she could not go to lunch or break for coffee on her own because she believed she would be ‘written up.’”
Christian stated she suffered alleged discrimination and abuse from a minimum of six workers, together with a black supervisor, court docket papers say.
Christian’s claims have been dismissed in February 1998, six months after Wiley had already left her job within the Southern District.
Wiley additionally labored on a handful of instances wherein she did efficiently struggle discrimination on the Manhattan US Attorney’s Office, most notably on behalf of Innovative Health Systems, a clinic that sued town of White Plains for zoning discrimination when town tried to stop them from establishing a drug and alcohol rehab program.
Wiley’s marketing campaign didn’t return messages in search of remark.