Capital News 1:07 p.m. | Feb. 4, 2015

Lynch calls for moratorium on Council police legislation

By Azi Paybarah

Pat Lynch. 

Pat Lynch, the president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, announced his plan to reduce what he called “the anti-police atmosphere” and prevent tragedies like the assassination of two officers in Brooklyn last December, in testimony before a State Senate hearing in Manhattan this morning.

In his prepared remarks, Lynch said the killing of the two officers was encouraged by anti-police protests in the city, comparing it to the "lone wolf" attackers inspired by the Islamic State.

In a press release accompanying the remarks, Lynch suggested, among other things, a “moratorium on local legislation in the areas of criminal justice and police procedures,” arguing that “the state legislature [is] better equipped” to handle such matters.

Lynch also called for increasing the size of the 35,000 member force, which police commissioner Bill Bratton supports but Mayor Bill de Blasio has not yet embraced.