10/15/2013

NYPD Union sues over 'stop-and-frisk' law

PBA President Patrick Lynch says City Council "overstepped its authority" with the new law

By Philip Messing
New York Post

NEW YORK  — The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association is filing a lawsuit Tuesday, challenging a new City Council racial-profiling law to make sure the case is heard — no matter who is elected mayor next month.

In seeking to undo Local Law 71, the police union is arguing that the measure will subject cops to a barrage of unjustified lawsuits by plaintiffs claiming they were racially profiled during stop-and-frisk encounters.

The Bloomberg administration had challenged the constitutionality of the council’s law in September, under the very same grounds now cited by the PBA — arguing that the legislation is preempted by the state Criminal Procedure Law, which already makes police racial profiling illegal.

Full Story: PBA suit over stop-and-frisk law

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