NEW YORK—Multiple pieces of legislation, which could change how the NYPD operates will be discussed in a City Council hearing on Oct. 10.
Four bills, introduced earlier this year, aim to increase police accountability, including for the stop-and-frisk practice. One bill would require police officers provide information to the person about to be searched, including the officer’s name and rank and a business card.
Stop and frisk has provoked a range of passionate reactions from the public and elected officials. A group traveled to Washington, D.C. in June to try to get the Justice Department to look into the NYPD’s practices.
The NYPD has said it has reformed its system. Commissioner Raymond Kelly sent a letter to City Council Speaker Christine Quinn in May detailing changes, including revamped training that would “provide personnel with an additional level of clarity in determining when and how to conduct a lawful stop.”
But detractors have said the changes are not enough.
The City Council’s Committee on Civil Rights will hold two hearings where the public can share experiences about being stopped and frisked by NYPD officers. One hearing will be held at 6 p.m. on Oct. 23 in the Gold Room on the 6th floor of the Brooklyn College Student Center (2705 Campus Rd).The second hearing will be held at 6 p.m. on Oct. 24 in Room 2D01 of the Academic Core Building at the York College Performing Arts Center (94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd.), in Jamaica, Queens.
“I encourage all New Yorkers to attend the legislative hearing and urge those who have been impacted by stop, question, and frisk to share their experiences on the official city record next month,” Councilman Jumaane Williams said in a statement.
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