New York City Police Commissioner Williams Bratton says proposed legislation to curb alleged abuses by officers was an unwanted intrusion into his management, the Wall Street Journal reports. The issues involved, including chokeholds, “are the purview of the police commissioner and the police department, and not of legislative control,” he told the City Council yesterday. Of nine measures under consideration, one would make it illegal for members of New York Police Department to use chokeholds. Their use is already banned by the department, though they aren't illegal.
Other bills would require officers to ask permission before making certain searches and to identify themselves by name, rank and command during a street stop or encounter. Mayor Bill de Blasio doesn't support the chokehold bill, the consent-to search measure or the identification bill. If the council approves the measures, they could result in de Blasio's first vetoes since he took office 18 months ago. De Blasio is already undertaking broad changes to the NYPD, dramatically reducing the number of police stops and retraining the force after the death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man who died last July after being placed in an apparent chokehold by a police officer. Last week, de Blasio agreed to increase the size of the force by 1,300 officers and he rolled out a neighborhood policing plan to further address concerns about public safety. The City Council ww would go further.