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New York City Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Improve Resident-Police Relations, Police Commission Calls it an Intrusion

Latin Post
At New York City Hall this week, a new bill was introduced, The Right to Know Act, by Council Members Ritchie Torres and Antonio Reynoso, with support from community groups like Communities United for Police Reform, and local residents and civil rights advocates such as the New York Civil Liberties Union, and the Center for Constitutional Rights.

La Policía de Bill de Blasio y las minorías de Nueva York

NY1 Noticias / Pura Politica
La posesión de pequeñas cantidades de marihuana ya no desembocará en arresto, sino en multa o citación judicial. El concejal de Brooklyn y Queens Antonio Reynoso, Priscilla González, de Comunidades Unidas por una Reforma Policial y Walter Rodríguez, de Bronx Defenders, analizan las políticas policiales del alcalde Bill de Blasio y las relaciones entre la Uniformada y la comunidad latina y afroamericana.

NYPD Would Have to Tell of Right to Refuse Searches Under New Bill

CITY HALL—The NYPD would be required to tell people that they can refuse a search where there is no probable cause or a warrant, according to legislation introduced in the City Council Thursday. Called the "Right to Know Act," the legislation would require officers to identify themselves and explain why the individual is being stopped or questioned. They would also have to explain that individuals can deny consent to a search in certain instances.

Police union denied appeal on stop-and-frisk case

Amsterdam News

Police reform advocates, community activists and the Bill de Blasio administration heard some good news on Halloween, when a federal appeals court refused to allow New York City police unions to intervene in the city’s stop-and-frisk settlement.

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruled to grant the City of New York’s request to withdraw its appeal, deny police unions’ appeal to intervene and lift the stay on remedies in Floyd v. City of New York.

Priscilla Gonzalez, spokesperson for Communities United for Police Reform, remarked that it’s about time.

Progressives push police reform bill opposed by de Blasio

Allies of Mayor Bill de Blasio gathered outside City Hall Thursday afternoon to urge passage of a bill they say is in line with his goal of improving police and community relations but that he has opposed. The bill, dubbed the Right to Know Act, would require officers to get verbal or written consent before searching a person when there is no warrant or probable cause. De blasio told reporters on Wednesday he doesn’t support the bill, saying it may interfere with officers’ ability to perform their job.

Bill Requiring Cops To Get Consent For Some Searches Riles Up NYPD

Mayor De Blasio Reserving Judgment On Proposed Legislation Until He Sees Fine Print
CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A new bill to be introduced Thursday in the City Council has angered many in the NYPD.

It calls for officers to get consent before they conduct some searches, CBS2’s Dick Brennan reported Tuesday.

The bill covers cases when police don’t have a warrant, are not making an arrest, or don’t have probable cause.

In those cases, people do have the right to reject a search, but this bill would demand police notify them of that right, and even get proof, perhaps in writing or recorded audio.

Leading police reform group pushing NYPD for major changes

New York Daily News

The police reform group that helped push the Community Safety Act last year - against the wishes of then-Mayor Bloomberg - is now gearing up for a fight with NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton.

Communities United for Police Reform is ramping up pressure on the NYPD to make changes in the department that it says is necessary to end "abusive and discriminatory policing."

The group is holding a press conference at City Hall tomorrow at noon to push for the "Right to Know Act," which would require cops to get permission from a person they are about to search without a warrant.

NYPD to end low-level marijuana arrests, issue tickets instead

RT News

The New York Police Department will no longer arrest people simply for possessing small amounts of marijuana, Commissioner Bill Bratton announced Monday. Instead, individuals will be ticketed and fined.

Beginning on November 19, the new policy will apply to people who are found with 25 grams of cannabis or less. As long as they are not smoking the marijuana, intending to sell it, or have an outstanding warrant for their arrest, police officers can simply issue a civil summons, similar to a parking ticket, and move on.

NYC decides pot fines are just the ticket

Mayor and police chief announce major NYC marijuana decriminalization; reform advocates say it's not enough
Al Jazeera America

The New York Police Department will stop arresting people for possession of small amounts of marijuana and instead issue them civil citations, city officials said Monday, citing both a severe racial disparity in the law’s implementation and the burden of arrests on the criminal justice system as reasons for the change.