PBA president Patrick J. Lynch said:
"Frankly, I am disgusted with the double talk coming out of this City Council. They praise police with words and then take actions that clearly demonstrate their true lack of support for the very people who protect them and make their communities safe. Civilian complaints are not worth the paper they are written on because anyone can file the most baseless, sensational complaint without fear of penalty if their complaint is proven to be false. Other jurisdictions require complaints against police to be sworn to under the penalty of perjury. If this Council is interested in really improving police community relations, let them introduce a bill requiring the complaints to be sworn under penalty of perjury that will help to separate real complaints from flat out harassment of arresting officers."