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Billsalso ban officers from covering their badge number from the public; reaffirm the right to record police activity in public places; create tool to identify problematic officers

New York, NY – City Council’s Public Safety Committee today is holding a hearing on four bills addressing police misconduct and inappropriate behavior. One bill criminalizes an officer’s use of a chokehold;

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Bills also ban officers from covering their badge number from the public; reaffirm the right to record police activity in public places; create tool to identify problematic officers     

New York, NY – City Council’s Public Safety Committee today is holding a hearing on four bills addressing police misconduct and inappropriate behavior. One bill criminalizes an officer’s use of a chokehold;

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New York – New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson released the following statement regarding Mayor de Blasio and the New York Police Department’s failure to respond appropriately to the protests that have swept the city in recent days.   “The Mayor has lifted the curfew, but we cannot simply turn the page and forget the horrors we witnessed over the last week.

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New York, NY – On Saturday, it was reported that the New York Police Department was suspending applications for press passes because of the protests. This follows reports of police officers threatening to revoke the press passes of those covering the city-wide protests against police brutality towards Black Americans. Speaker Johnson released the following statement in response to these troubling developments: 

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The Council will also vote on resolutions to repeal the law that shields police disciplinary records from the public and to support a bill that makes chokeholds a federal crime 

New York, NY – Council Speaker Corey Johnson today announced that the City Council Committee on Public Safety will vote on legislation in June to address police misconduct, including a bill to criminalize an officer’s use of a chokehold or other techniques that restrict breathing and a second bill requiring the NYPD to create guidelines for police discipline. 

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New York, NY – Below is a letter Speaker Corey Johnson and Council Member Ritchie Torres, Chair of the Council’s Oversight and Investigations Committee, sent on Sunday to the Department of Investigation (DOI) Commissioner Margaret Garnett requesting a full and independent investigation of the New York Police Department (NYPD)’s mishandling of the weekend’s protests. The investigation should also probe the general policies and practices of the NYPD relating to mass demonstrations.

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New York, NY – Below is a letter that Speaker Corey Johnson and Council Members Daniel Dromm and Vanessa Gibson, Chairs of the Committee on Finance and Subcommittee on Capital Budget, respectively, sent to Mayor de Blasio late Friday on behalf of the City Council and the Council’s Budget Negotiating Team requesting that the Administration identify meaningful savings among city agencies to address the $9 billion budget gap. 

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Council will also vote to ban term “alien” and “Illegal immigrant” from local laws and other city documents

City Hall – The New York City Council on Thursday will vote on legislation to require reporting on the City of New York’s contact tracing efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. As the city plans for a phased reopening, there must be a robust regular testing system in place and a means to trace the spread of this deadly virus.

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New York – Speaker Corey Johnson, Council Member Antonio Reynoso, and Council Members announced the Council will introduce legislation requiring opening up spaces throughout the five boroughs for outdoor dining amid the COVID-19 pandemic. NYC Hospitality Alliance, NYS Latino Restaurants, Bars, & Lounges Association and restaurant owners joined the Council in a press conference announcing the legislation.

The legislation will require the City to identify open spaces (including sidewalks, streets, and plazas) where restaurants and bars can follow social distancing measures and safely serve customers outside.

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