Right to Know
Yesterday the city council passed the contentious “Right to Know Act,” which provides detailed rules for a wide range of interactions between the police and the public. The new law will mandate that police officers proactively identify themselves in almost all interactions with the public and obtain consent before conducting most searches. Backers of the law say that it will improve transparency and foster racial justice, but the Right to Know Act’s real purpose is to make it more difficult for police to do their jobs.
The Facts You Need to Know
Searches: Victim-reported information on suspects’ races disproves the charge that the NYPD conducts searches on a racial basis. Read more.
Reduction: The NYPD has dramatically reduced use of its Stop-Question-Frisk tactic, removing much of the political rationale for the new law. Read more.
Backfire: Efforts to micromanage police interactions with communities often backfire. Read more.
“These bills will only serve to increase the contentious atmosphere police officers face on the streets, jeopardizing their safety and discouraging them from engaging in effective, proactive police work.”
@NYCCouncil Right to Know Act: The proposed policy changes agreed upon by the NYC Council & @NYCMayor will have consequences for @NYPDnews police officers on the street.— Mike Reilly (@MikeWReilly) December 20, 2017
Read more on the issues in my op-ed in @NYSlant (July 2016) https://t.co/Q19PwT7TtZ
The Past is Present
“Blame high black crime, not police racism.”
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