New York — together with community activists and with freshly painted black lives matter photo Wallpaper as background, mayor De Blasio on Wednesday signed a law a package of police Reform bills.
De Blasio signed five bills to strengthen transparency and accountability of the police, as the city is facing a serious armed violence and rising tension between police and the communities it serves.
“I believe that we live in a moment in history when everyone is willing to do things and do them better, and to do things we thought we couldn’t do before. In this spirit, we move forward,” said the mayor.
Perhaps the most famous and controversial among these was a law providing for criminal liability of officers of police chokeholds. City Council member Rory Lancman introduced a bill six years ago after the death of Eric garner.
“It was a six-year journey from the time when Eric garner was killed,” said Lancman. “And Gwen Carr fighting every step of the way, to make sure there was justice for his son.”
City Council adopted in June, the bills on the reform of the police what:
The bill signing came as the city sees surge in gun violence and tension between the mayor, the police and the community.
The NYPD boss strongly and repeatedly criticized the legislation they blame, in particular, for the recent spike in violent crime, with the head of Department Terence Monaghan, describing a law prohibiting the officers, pushing his knees into the backs of the suspects as “crazy.”
The police unions also said the legislation and anti-police feelings severely curb their ability to do their job and keep the city safe.
The bill signing took place in front of a black lives matter mural painted on the street outside the Bronx hall of justice. Similar murals were painted in other areas, including near the trump tower in Manhattan.
De Blasio earlier on Wednesday announced the anti-violence efforts in downtown Brooklyn, which this weekend will include increased police presence, peace marches, and fair.
Both Bedford-Stuyvesant and crown heights areas, which were recently shot several people, including a 1-year-old boy who was killed – will see increased law enforcement this weekend, as well as the flow of services provided by the local anti-violence groups and clergy, which will take seven “hot spots” in Brooklyn this weekend, the mayor said earlier in the day.
“This is the way forward,” said De Blasio. “We need to have more employees in the right places”.
Also held peace marches and mobile injury, De Blasio said.
“Where there is an increase in crime, we will have growth in the service sector,” said Robert Cornegy, bed-stuy for city Council. “While there are vicious people, there is, society is responsible for the bullets that were loaded into the weapon.”
IFE Charles of the Center for court innovation, must work together to spur local initiatives to cure violence, which work to de-escalate disputes before they become violent, she said.
“This problem can be erased,” Charles said. “We have great people doing the work and it is up to us.”
Also Wednesday, a coalition of police, corrections and firefighters unions filed a lawsuit against the city, seeking to stop what’s called a data dump of their information related to disciplinary matters.
Press Secretary with the legal Department of the city said that the complaint aimed at stopping the city compliance with state law requiring increased transparency.
They believe that there are no arguments of merit.
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