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Up Close 2/4/24: How Many Stops Act divides Mayor Eric Adams, New York City Council on policing

t's the biggest battle to date between the mayor and the City Council - and it has led to a division among many New Yorkers. A total of 42 of the 51 council members voted to override the mayor's veto of the How Many Stops Act, despite powerful warnings from New York City Mayor Eric Adams. Adams says more paperwork for NYPD officers means less time to fight crime. So, what impact will the new law have on efforts to fight crime? We talk to former New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton.

Adams Fought the Lawmakers and the Lawmakers Won

Hell Gate
On Tuesday morning, City Hall was abuzz, as the biggest political conflict of the new year came to a head. City Council had scheduled a vote to override two bills vetoed by Mayor Eric Adams. One bill required City jails to end the practice of holding people in protracted isolation. (The council had already banned solitary confinement nearly a decade earlier, but studies suggested that the Department of Correction has simply continued the practice under other names.)

Mayor Adams Loses Showdown Over 2 Criminal Justice Bills

The New York City Council overrode the mayor’s veto of two bills that would expand documentation of police stops and end solitary confinement.
New York Times
Police officers will be required to record the race, age and gender of most people they stop and solitary confinement will be banned in New York City jails after the City Council overrode Mayor Eric Adams’s veto of two criminal justice bills on Tuesday.

New York City’s pro-cop mayor loses high-profile fight over policing legislation

Eric Adams adamantly opposed bills ending solitary confinement and requiring more reporting from police officers. The City Council passed them anyway.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams — a former police officer focused on combating crime — found himself in a feud Tuesday with the more progressive City Council over two criminal justice reform bills. And in this rare instance, Adams lost. Led by a relatively moderate Democrat aligned with the body’s progressive members, the Council delivered a striking rebuke to Adams by overriding two of his vetoes by an overwhelming margin. The votes capped weeks of lobbying and media appearances from officials on both sides of the debate — a flurry of activity exacerbated over the weekend when police pulled over a Council member who’d spent seven years in jail after being wrongly convicted as part of the “Central Park Five.”

Why NYC Council must override mayor’s veto of How Many Stops Act: Black City Council members

Daily News
Ten years after the NYPD’s use of stop-and-frisk was ruled unconstitutional by a federal court, Black New Yorkers continue to be the disproportionate target of police stops, too many of which are unconstitutional and underreported.  As Black men in New York City, we know firsthand about the humiliating and genuinely traumatic experiences of being stopped by police in your own community, despite having done nothing to warrant it.

NY City Council votes to override Mayor Eric Adams' veto of the How Many Stops Act

News 12
New York City police officers will be required to record the apparent race, gender and ages of most people they stop for questioning under a law passed by the City Council, which overrode a veto by Mayor Eric Adams on Tuesday. The issue was thrust into the national spotlight in recent days when NYPD officers pulled over a Black council member without giving him a reason.

The N.Y.P.D. Pulled Over a City Councilman. Now Both Are Under Fire.

Yusef Salaam, one of the Central Park Five, said the officer who stopped him should have explained why. Some officials said Mr. Salaam had used his position to avoid a ticket.
New York Times
Yusef Salaam, the newly elected New York City Council member who was wrongfully convicted in 1990 as a member of the Central Park Five, was in Harlem on Friday night, driving downtown to dinner with his wife and four of his children, when the flashing lights of a police car appeared behind him.