How Many Stops Act

The How Many Stops Act will bring critical and urgent transparency to the NYPD’s daily activities in New York City communities. It consists of two common sense, good government bills that will require a comprehensive accounting of all NYPD street stops, investigative encounters, and consent searches - including for the purposes of DNA collection - and ensure that the hard won Right to Know Act is protected. The data collected via these two bills is crucial for completing the picture of what policing really looks like in our City. 

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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.

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.

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.”

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.)

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.

Supporters Celebrate Override of Mayor’s Veto of Crucial Police Transparency Legislation

Today, the New York City Council voted to override Mayor Eric Adams’ veto of Intro 586 of the How Many Stops Act (HMSA) with a supermajority of votes.  The passage of the How Many Stops Act will bring urgent and necessary transparency about formerly unreported categories of stops - referred to as level 1 and 2 by the NYPD - which constitute the vast majority of the NYPD’s formal “investigative encounters” with civilians.

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.

NYPD Pulls Over the One Guy They Maybe Don’t Want to Pull Over Right Now

Hell Gate
On Friday night, just as Mayor Eric Adams was making his last stand to try and prevent the City Council from overriding his veto of an NYPD transparency bill involving police stops, the cops happened to pull over the newly minted chair of the council's public safety committee, a man who was wrongfully imprisoned for nearly seven years, Dr. Yusef Salaam.