NYC Leaders Agree on Police ‘Right to Know Act’

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The New York City Council and Mayor Bill de Blasio reached an agreement on legislation to tighten restrictions on police stops, ending years of negotiations and angering activists who said the measure doesn’t go far enough, reports the Wall Street Journal. One bill would require New York Police Department officers to identify themselves by name, rank and command to anyone they stop based on suspicion of criminal activity. Another bill would require officers to get consent from individuals before conducting a street search without probable cause or a warrant. The measures are known as the Right to Know Act.

The mayor had long opposed the legislation, saying he feared it would impede the ability of police to do their job. Now, he calls it “a good piece of reform legislation.” The narrowing of the legislation drew criticism from Communities United for Police Reform, which pushed for tougher measures. Spokeswoman Monifa Bandele said Councilman Ritchie Torres, who sponsored the bill, had “entirely disregarded communities and New Yorkers most impacted by police abuses.” City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito called the deal “a fair compromise.” The council is expected to vote on the bills next week. Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch called the legislation part of a “continuous piling on of new burdens and second–guessing for our police officers.”

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