NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton is pushing back on a number of City Council measures aimed to change police practices across the city.
At a breakfast meeting in Midtown Tuesday morning, Bratton expressed his disapproval for proposed legislation that would make police chokeholds a criminal offense, regulation that would require cops to identify themselves while doing a stop, as well as a proposal that would require officers to be granted permission to do a search.
“I’ve made it quite clear in the budget process, as well as in other statements that some of those — I think it’s 11, 12 or 13 — legislative proposals are not necessary,” Bratton said. “They’re not needed.”
“Some of it doesn’t need to be made it to law. We can meet and discuss policy changes,” Bratton said, adding that those discussions were already taking place now.
Bratton said the proposed legislation generates ‘extraordinarily negative reactions’ on NYPD officers, unions and police leadership.
“At some point in time, enough is enough,” Bratton added.
Chokeholds are currently banned by the NYPD.
Proposed regulation on police policy and chokehold practices came into the spotlight after Eric Garner, 43, died after a confrontation with a police officer in Staten Island last year.
In December 2014 a grand jury decided not to indict Daniel Pantaleo, the NYPD officer who was filmed by a cell phone camera putting Garner in an apparent chokehold.
Mayor Bill de Blasio has said that he would veto the proposed legislation, citing internal regulation within the NYPD as a better alternative.