As many of you know last year at the request of every Law Enforcement entity in NYC I was requested to run for City Council. Why? Because then NYC Councilman Mark Weprin of the 23rd District where I live lied to police officers at every rank and put them in personal legal jeopardy.
The pivitol campaign issue was all about something called local law 71, the Community Safety Act of 2013. Former mayoral candidate Bill DeBlasio and City Councilman Mark Weprin of NYC for nine months hammered NYPD and asserted they were out of control violating the rights of everyone out of hand (stopping and frisking anyone in sight). The law, the NYS criminal procedure law and case law shapes the circumstances upon which search and seizure may occur and when a police officers common right of inquiry for Stop, Question and Frisk can occur. Local Law 79 on page two for the first time places NYC Police Officers in defined personal legal jeopardy which today NYS Supreme Court Judge Singh just affirmed. Police Officers will not be covered by the City Law Department which is the usual case for those city workers carrying out their paid function. Anyone can just file a law suite against a police officer and out of pocket those officers will be force to defend themselves, their families, reputations, estates, assets and more.
The magnitude of this law is far reaching and has with the strike of the pen "handcuffed" the NYPD from conducting even lawful Stop, Question and Frisks for fear of legal jeopardy coming into play. Anyone, anywhere can choose to sue them personally. No wonder why shootings in NYC are up 13% for the first six months of 2014 and up 1800% in the confines of the 75th Precinct for the current 28 day period. Bad law has consequences and if their ever was a bad law with horrible consequences this law is the poster child. Remember as a result of past NYPD activities in NYC over 7700 people are alive today, not from some affluent community but in the harshest places NYC Police Patrol.
Today, Ed Mullins president of the NYC Sergeants Benevolent Association spoke out as a result of a NYS Supreme Court ruling. Here's what he had to say:
Elections have consequences and NYC just spent twenty years cleaning up the streets of NY. Police Officers are humanbeings and as such with guidance from supervisors and Union leadership will find themselves hard pressed to aggressively fight crime in our city especially as case after case winds its way though the courts. Which NYC Police Officer wants to be the test case to see if he or she acted within the scope of this new law. We say, few will opt in to make themselves an example for all others to follow. As such, the NYPD is pulling back and today we can begin to see the results starting to crystallize. The 75th precinct is notibly one of the toughest places in the City to work. Crime and violence now are returning to the streets, the City Council is demanding more police officers to patrol the street (the cost of this bad law is already showing), children are stabbed during daylight in elevators, people shot openly in the streets as crime, disorder and fear once again return to NYC.
This is a sad day for the City of NY.