Mayor Eric Adams has intensified his opposition to a new NYPD bill, encouraging City Council members to join police patrols in New York City.
The controversial bill, which necessitates detailed documentation by officers during minor interactions, has been a point of contention for Mayor Adams.
“With a bill pending that could make the city less safe, city councilmembers deserve to see firsthand how our NYPD officers are keeping the public safe and building relationships in our communities — and they deserve to understand how this bill would force those officers to spend more time filling out paperwork instead of protecting New Yorkers and keeping our streets safe. We encourage all of them to take advantage of this opportunity,” Adams stated.
During a Sunday press conference with Police Commissioner Edward Caban, Mayor Adams criticized the “How Many Stops Act.”
Mayor Adams expressed his concern that the bill would divert officers’ focus to paperwork rather than maintaining safety in New York.
The Mayor acknowledged that, although he did not oppose the entire bill, he found the requirement for officers to record detailed demographic information during level-one stops to be impractical.
“Good faith, but the practicality in application of it is not realistic. It’s going to cause millions of reports being generated, and it’s going to drive up overtime,” Mayor Adams remarked.
Adams, who vetoed the proposal on Friday, urged the Council to thoroughly review the bill and understand the ramifications of the requirements it imposes on police officers.
The mayor stated, “I’m hoping that the City Council understands the place that we are coming from. We’re not coming from an argumentative place. We’re not coming from being disagreeable. We’re coming from a place of public safety. This bill is going to get in the way of that.”
In response, the City Council, which passed the legislation with a strong majority in December, defended the bill.
They stressed the need for transparency in level one stops, which often involve officers questioning individuals without criminal suspicion.
“The differences between Level 1, 2, and 3 stops are often not apparent to New Yorkers who are impacted by these daily disruptions, underscoring the importance of transparency that the Council’s bill would achieve,” the Council’s statement read.
New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams criticized Mayor Adams for misleading the public about the bill.
“The mayor — who will be charged with implementing this bill — is actively undermining and misinforming people, including new recruits. I have never seen this amount of deceptive practices and deception and misinformation in all of my years,” Williams stated.
Commissioner Caban supported Mayor Adams’ stance, emphasizing that while more serious encounters are counted in the tens of thousands, level one encounters are in the realm of “millions.”
Mayor Adams has remained hopeful for a compromise, stating, “I’m hoping that this is a reflection point. That we can come to a good understanding of how we can get what we all want.”