Mayor Adams Of New York City Is Charged Of ‘Getting His Trump On’ After Vetoing A Council Plan

A contentious city council bill requiring police officers to record every “investigative encounter” with the public was vetoed by New York City Mayor Eric Adams.

Mayor Adams Of New York City Is Charged Of 'Getting His Trump On' After Vetoing A Council Plan

Adams stated during a news conference on Friday that the “How Many Stops Act,” also known as Intro. 586-A, may increase overtime costs for the NYPD by tens of millions of dollars, slow down response times for the department, and weaken community-oriented policing. He specifically objected to the proposed legislation’s requirement that New York City Police Department (NYPD) officers spend more time filing reports following their first-contact encounters with members of the public rather than policing the streets and ensuring public safety.

“As young men, my brother and I were beaten by the police in the basement of a local precinct, but I turned my pain into purpose and joined the police force to effect change from within the system. And, in my time as a police officer and throughout my career in public service, I have fought for transparency and against abusive policing tactics that targeted communities of colour. While Intro. 586 has good intentions behind it, the bill is misguided and compromises our public safety,” Adams said in a statement.

“Our administration supports efforts to make law enforcement more transparent, more just, and more accountable, but this bill will handcuff our police by drowning officers in unnecessary paperwork that will saddle taxpayers with tens of millions of dollars in additional NYPD overtime each year, while simultaneously taking officers away from policing our streets and engaging with the community,” he said. “That is why I am vetoing this legislation today. I ask my colleagues in government to please work with our administration to improve public safety because New Yorkers want their police out on patrol — taking criminals off our streets and keeping them safe.”

Adams claimed the law would obstruct such swift arrests, citing 27-year-old Jermain Rigueur, a serial stabbing suspect who is suspected of at least five stabbings in less than a week, according to FOX 5.

Jumaane D. Williams, a public advocate for New York City, co-sponsored the bill, which was approved by the council in December. The NYPD would have to record and submit basic data on level one, two, and three police-citizen investigation contacts. Officers would record the person approached’s colour, age, and gender as well as any circumstances that may have led to the interaction and its results. Nevertheless, NYPD Commissioner Edward A. In response, Caban stated that the vetoed legislation by Adams “is an overreach that would result in the unintended consequence of literally slowing down the city’s progress,” adding that the NYPD is already the “most intently watched, deeply scrutinized, and openly transparent law enforcement agency in the country.”

“Each day and night, NYPD officers carry on the dangerous, critical work of fighting crime on the streets. Terrorist plots have also been thwarted, and there is a renewed commitment among our rank and file to further build trust and strengthen relationships in every community,” Caban said in a statement. “These vital efforts will continue — and must continue, unimpeded by bureaucratic time-wasting tasks — because that is what New Yorkers expect and deserve.”

“On our watch, there is a continuation of lower overall crime, including a reduction in bellwether indicators like murder, burglary, and assault. We just ended a year in which NYPD officers reduced shooting incidents citywide by a factor not seen in nearly 30 years,” Caban added. “And as of this week, index crimes in New York City have dropped another 5 per cent compared to last year — and an incredible 74 per cent from three decades ago.”

Williams called out Adams and the NYPD at a press conference of his own, calling them “fearmongers who mislead the public.”

The bill, according to him and other council members, aims to remedy the “longstanding inequities” that Black New Yorkers must deal with.

Williams stated, “This is more difficult than it needs to be because Mayor Adams is getting his Trump on right now,” as reported by FOX 5.

A different city council bill that would have outlawed solitary confinement was also vetoed by Adams.

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