City Council Aims To “Reduce The NYPD’s Footprint” With Sweeping New Police Reforms


The New York Metropolis Council introduced on Friday that it plans to introduce a complete invoice package deal that will “scale back the NYPD’s footprint within the metropolis and enhance police self-discipline and improve accountability.”

Among the many 11 proposals: stripping the police commissioner’s last authority in disciplinary issues, ending certified immunity for officers who commit misconduct, and giving the council the ability to disclaim a mayor’s alternative for commissioner.

“A few of these points, as I’ve been researching them, return generations,” stated one of many package deal’s co-sponsors, Brooklyn Councilmember Stephen Levin. “So the police commissioner’s last authority on self-discipline—that goes again 80 years.”

Levin added, “They’re points that I feel have been unaddressed for a lot too lengthy, and that is the council saying, ‘We wish to take the chance to make these mandatory adjustments now and to not wait any longer.’ We’re taking a proactive stance.”

The package deal of laws might be launched throughout a council assembly on February eleventh, although hearings on the payments will start on February eighth.

The council’s proposals are tied to a mandate set by Governor Andrew Cuomo this previous summer time requiring all localities within the state to submit a plan for police reform by April 1st or threat dropping state funds. At a listening to to debate the town and the NYPD’s reform plan earlier this month, Metropolis Councilmember and chair of the Public Security Committee Adrienne Adams stated she was involved that the police division had basically managed the reform discussions, and expressed deep dissatisfaction with the division’s incapacity to reckon with cases of documented misconduct and dangerous resolution making whereas they responded to the George Floyd protests over the summer time.

“If the management didn’t get the message this summer time on what’s flawed with policing in America and in New York Metropolis, I fairly frankly don’t know in the event that they ever will,” Adams stated at that listening to.

Adams is one other one of many package deal’s primary co-sponsors, together with Speaker Corey Johnson, Majority Chief Laurie Cumbo, and Councilmember Vanessa Gibson.

The brand new package deal of laws would additionally give the Metropolis Fee on Human Rights the ability to analyze cops with a historical past of racial bias or bigotry, switch the NYPD’s capacity to difficulty press credentials to the Division of Citywide Administrative Providers, and create a brand new activity drive exterior of the NYPD to reply to psychological well being emergencies. One invoice would additionally switch authority for investigating vehicular crashes to the Division of Transportation.

A few of the laws would require state approval, such a eradicating the commissioner’s last authority over disciplinary suggestions from the town’s police oversight company, the Civilian Grievance Evaluate Board. The NYPD routinely downgrades or rejects the penalties really useful by the CCRB.

Certified immunity is a authorized doctrine that basically shields cops from any private legal responsibility stemming from misconduct on the job. The council’s invoice would create a metropolis invoice of rights that residents may use in civil authorized actions in opposition to the police.

The council’s laws comes a bit greater than per week after New York Legal professional Normal Letitia James introduced that she was suing Mayor Invoice de Blasio and the NYPD over the police division’s “blatant use of extreme drive and misconduct,” in the course of the George Floyd protests. James is looking for a federal court-appointed monitor to supervise the NYPD’s policing of protests, a transfer that the mayor and the NYPD each oppose.

In his State of the Metropolis handle earlier this week, de Blasio outlined significantly extra modest reforms for the NYPD, comparable to permitting the members of native police precinct councils to weigh in on precinct management hiring. The mayor and the NYPD additionally launched a brand new “disciplinary matrix” this month to dictate particular punishments for officers who commit misconduct, although the NYPD Commissioner nonetheless retains the finally authority in how an officer’s case is adjudicated.

“We stay up for reviewing all laws and dealing in partnership with the Council in pursuit of our shared purpose of longstanding police reform,” stated Avery Cohen, a Metropolis Corridor spokesperson, when requested to touch upon the council’s laws. An NYPD spokesperson stated the division will overview the payments.

Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, who’s co-sponsoring a number of the laws, stated in a press release, “With this motion, the Metropolis Council is taking a wanted management function that has too usually been abdicated by these in energy, regardless of clear want and sustained calls from New Yorkers.”