De Blasio signs ‘NYPD Use of Force Encounter Reports Law’

ZARIA HOWELL | 8/11/2016, midnight
On Aug. 3, 2016, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed Intro. 606, also known as the “NYPD Use of Force Encounter ...
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On Aug. 3, 2016, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed Intro. 606, also known as the “NYPD Use of Force Encounter Reports Law,” into law. Sponsored by a plethora of council members from 13 different districts, the bill focuses on holding the NYPD accountable for their actions with the citizens of New York City. Intro. 606 requires the NYPD to issue quarterly reports on “use of force incidents” and “their relationships to quality of life offenses.”

For many New Yorkers, the passing of this bill serves as a sign of hope, especially in light of the particularly tense relationship between the police and communities. Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, the primary sponsor of the bill, explained, “I wanted more information from the police department on the use of force when it comes to offenses such as those alleged to have been committed by Mr. Garner. This bill will shed light on the basis for police officers approaching, or engaging, in a police interaction with a New Yorker.”

In addition to this bill, there are two others bills that have been passed that complement Intro. 606. These bills include Intro. 539, which requires the NYPD to “provide a quarterly report on the number of use of force incidents disaggregated by type of force used, precinct or unit of that officer that used force, and whether the officer was on or off duty when the force was used.” The other complementary bill is Intro. 824, which requires the NYPD to “post an annual report of the total number and percentage of officers in each precinct that: have two or more substantiated Civilian Complaint Review Board complaints in the last three calendar years, have been the subject of an Internal Affairs Bureau Investigation that resulted in a suspension in the last five years, use of excessive force in the last three years or have been arrested in the last 10 years for police-related behaviors.”

In addition to passing bills that are designed to hold police officers accountable in New York City, de Blasio has also taken steps to improve energy efficiency. In April, de Blasio announced OneNYC, a series of initiatives aimed at reducing the amount of greenhouse gas emissions in New York City. According to de Blasio, “We’ve set bold goals as we take on climate change and a clear path to meet them. The city has been leading the way by greening our own public facilities. Now, these new initiatives will dramatically reduce emissions from New York City’s over one million buildings, while saving New Yorkers millions and creating thousands of new jobs—and we’ll be providing owners support throughout the process.”

Overall, the mayor wants New Yorkers to expect many new changes around the city regarding both the NYPD and energy efficiency.