BuzzFeed News has obtained and published a database of nearly 18,000 New York Police Department disciplinary findings amid a fight over whether city police disciplinary records should remain secret.

The digital media company published the leaked records of NYPD employees from between 2011 and 2015 on its website on Monday, saying there was an "overwhelming public interest" in the documents.

The database shows various offenses, from tardiness to excessive force. Penalties ranged from loss of vacation days to removal from the police department, the Associated Press reports.

Police officials stopped providing NYPD disciplinary proceeding outcomes in 2016, though they had previously done so for decades.

The secrecy is the result of a state law protecting the privacy of officer disciplinary records, and a recent city decision to adhere to the confidentiality rules.

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