NY AG introduces bill to limit police use of “physical force” within state

NY AG Leticia James has introduced a bill that would limit police use of “physical force” within the state.

James said her goal was “clear and legitimate standards for when the use of force is acceptable and enacting real consequences for when an officer crosses that line.”

“Police officers are imbued with an incredible amount of police power and state power,” James said Friday. “The state has every right to demand that that power is used as seldom as possible, and when it must be used, only appropriately and proportionally.”

Per the NY Times “if adopted, the changes could drastically alter the nature of law enforcement in New York at a time when the issue of police accountability is at the center of a fraught national debate over persistent racism in America’s criminal justice system.”

January, James tweeted:

#BREAKING: I’m filing a lawsuit against the New York City Police Department to bring an end to its pattern of repeatedly and blatantly violating the rights of New Yorkers.

No one is above the law — not even the individuals charged with enforcing it.

Our landmark lawsuit outlines the @NYPDnews’ years of using excessive force and making false arrests against New Yorkers, most recently during racial justice protests in 2020.

This unlawful conduct has led to severe injuries and violated the basic right to peaceful protest.

The NYPD and its senior leaders failed to address this longstanding pattern of abuse by not properly training, supervising, and disciplining officers to prevent misconduct, despite knowing and publicly admitting that it violated the rights of New Yorkers.

It’s past time for real, meaningful change.

That’s why we are seeking systemic reforms to the NYPD and the installation of a monitor to oversee the NYPD’s policing tactics in future protests and to ensure they are complying with the law.

With today’s lawsuit, this longstanding pattern of brutal and illegal force ends.

New Yorkers deserve better.