Times Union

June 28, 2013

PBA challenges pro-NYC police oversight lawmakers

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW YORK (AP) — 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 press release Friday, PBA President Patrick Lynch said if the bills become law, the PBA intends to target "pro-crime" council members in the upcoming election.

The PBA represents about 50,000 active and retired NYPD officers.

One of the measures would establish an inspector general with subpoena power who could scrutinize the NYPD's policies and practices and recommend changes. Many law enforcement agencies around the country have a similar monitor.

The other bill would give people more latitude to sue if they believe they were stopped due to bias based on race, sexual orientation or certain other factors.