June 29, 2015 | 8:13pm  

 

Editorial

Cops livid over proposed ‘police reform’ measures

By Post Editorial Board

Having successfully pushed Mayor de Blasio to hire 1,300 new cops, the City Council now feels entitled to shackle the NYPD and endanger all New Yorkers.

Make no mistake: As Councilman James Vacca (D-Bronx) points out, the nine “reform” bills now before the council are anything but support for New York’s Finest.

The bills, as Bratton told the council Monday, would micromanage the NYPD — sometimes just needlessly, sometimes destructively. The worst create “a slippery and dangerous slope” that would put doubts in cops’ minds as they face split-second, life-and-death decisions.

Three of the bills now have nearly enough support to pass, including one to criminalize the use of chokeholds. Others would require cops to identify themselves by presenting a business card and to get written or verbal consent before making some searches.

In promising to veto the chokehold bill, de Blasio urged the council to “make sure that we’re not in any way undermining the ability of law enforcement to do its job.” The warning applies to the whole package.

The bills, said Bratton, “are a solution in search of a problem.” For all the protests, “officers use their firearms less often in New York than in any other large American city.”

Nor do cops need more oversight: The NYPD’s already second-guessed by “a federal monitor, an inspector general, five district attorneys, the Civilian Complaint Review Board, two US attorneys and the Department of Justice.”

The folks behind these “reforms,” notes PBA President Patrick Lynch, “have neither the expertise nor the experience to establish policy.” We’d add: Pols who want to second-guess every interaction between every cop and citizen are the last ones to set policy.