Tag Archives: New York City Council

The NYPD is looking at ways to cut down low level arrests…

NYPD Police Commissioner William J. Bratton, under pressure from the City Council is trying to figure out how to switch certain low level criminal offense’s from being considered crimes, but NOT taking away New York City Police Officers abilities to request ID from people they stop…..

For Police Commissioner William J. Bratton, keeping crime low in New York City hinges on the power of officers to make arrests for low-level offenses. Not that they must actually do so.

Mr. Bratton, speaking to reporters on Thursday, said that he was exploring the possibility of officers’ giving warnings in lieu of arrests, or even criminal summonses, when confronting first-time offenders for minor violations of law.

His comments come against the backdrop of widespread debate and street protests in some areas over the policing of minority communities, and amid a fast-moving conversation in the city about altering some practices.

The debate in New York City represents a shift among police reform advocates, from a focus on unconstitutional police stops to an attack against misdemeanor arrests and criminal summonses, which they say disproportionately ensnare minority communities in the criminal justice system.

In recent days, the way the city handles the lowest-level offenses, such as riding a bike on the sidewalk, public urination and drinking in public, has been the subject of a back and forth between Mr. Bratton and the City Council, which has proposed civil penalties in place of the current criminal process.

“I am very intent on protecting the right of the officers to start the process, with the stop, with the identification,” Mr. Bratton said at the Police Academy after a speech on Thursday…..


New York City Council votes to list cities Crime data on line….

Ray Kelly is getting into fight with the council which has votes to override a Bloomberg veto on this….

In addition, Council President Christine Quinn has stated she supports a Inspector General for the Department, something Bloomberg and Commissioner Kelly DO NOT want…..

Of course , I hear Kelly might be happy if Anthony Weiner decides to run for Mayor….

He ‘s  AGAINST these actions…..

…..from the ny observer….politicker

City Council Takes NYPD To Task For Transparency, Passes Open Crime Data Law

Say what you will about the New York City Council, but the group really likes its open data. One thing the group isn’t in love with, however, is the New York Police Department’s lack of transparency. So in order to increase the accountability of police officers, yesterday the City Council unanimously approved a measure that will create a crime map and database that will allow citizens to view crime data and locations in their specific neighborhoods.