NYPD Should Cut Outside Surveillance: Homeland Sec. Chair


The New York Police Department should not run around the nation trying to ape the FBI, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MI), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee told the New York Daily News. “While I understand that chasing down leads in other locales might help keep the city safe, I emphasized that the NYPD is not the FBI, that it does not have national jurisdiction,” he said. Thompson said it is critical that the New York department “respect the jurisdictions of police departments elsewhere by letting them know when NYPD officers are present.”

Thompson, former mayor of Bolton, Mi. (population 630), said, “I was a mayor of a small town who dealt with this kind of issue frequently, and I believe law enforcement partnerships based on mutual respect are ultimately what will make us safer.” Thompson criticized the NYPD for conducting counterterrorism surveillance beyond city boundaries, especially before the 2004 Republican National Convention. Thompson voiced his concerns in a meeting with NYPD brass this month. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly defended NYPD intelligence-gathering and counterterrorism tactics. “The Police Department takes all appropriate steps necessary to keep New York City safe,” he said. “We did so in preparation for the RNC, and we contacted police departments outside of New York in that effort.”

Link: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/2007/05/13/2007-05-13_dem_big_to_nypd_butt_out.html

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