(BrightPress.org) – New York City Mayor Eric Adams is taking heat for vetoing two bills that leftists believe would help improve the lives of black New Yorkers. The two bills in question would both impact policing in the city.
The first is a controversial new bill that would require officers with the NYPD to log extensive detail about the race, gender, and reason for all interactions with the public, as well as any outcomes. The second is aimed at eliminating solitary confinement in NYC jails and prisons.
Adams defended his veto for Intro. 586-A also called the “How Many Stops Act,” saying the law would undermine the police, slow responses to critical calls, and require police to waste more taxpayer-funded hours filling out paperwork.
During a press conference he gave on Friday, January 19th, Adams recounted a story of how he and his brother were beaten by police in the basement of a precinct. He said the incident encouraged him to join the NYPD so he could work to reform policing from within. He also added that he supports transparency and fighting against police abuse, but that this measure is a misguided attempt at transparency that would harm public safety.
Adams suggested the bill would “handcuff our police” and would have them “drowning” in excessive paperwork that would cost taxpayers even more overtime when the police are already working too much as it is.
Adams highlighted the case of Jermain Rigueur, 27, accused of stabbing five people within a week, suggesting that the bill would hamper the ability of officers to get dangerous criminals like him off the streets.
The bill was co-sponsored by New York City Public Advocate Jumaane D. Williams and passed the city council in December. Williams suggested Adams was engaged in fear-mongering and suggested he was “getting his Trump on,” at a press conference of his own. Williams argued the bill would help ameliorate historic wrongs against black New Yorkers.
NYPD Commissioner Edward A. Caban said that the NYPD is already under the most intense scrutiny of any police force in the nation. He called the move “an overreach” and suggested it would hamper police responses and imperil the public.
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