The Republic


June 28, 2013

PBA challenges NYC council members who voted for NYPD oversight


NEW YORK — The president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association says no New York City Council member who voted in favor of more police oversight "will have a free ride in the next election."

In a release Friday, PBA President Patrick Lynch said if the bills become law, the PBA intends to target the "pro-crime council members for defeat in the upcoming election."

The PBA represents about 50,000 active and retired NYPD officers. The PBA believes it will result in increased crime.

One of the measures would establish an inspector general with subpoena power to explore and recommend, but not force, changes to the NYPD's policies and practices. The other would give people more latitude if they believe they were stopped due to bias based on race, sexual orientation or certain other factors.