Talk about a blind justice system. The latest New York City Council push is for police to shut their eyes to a suspectâ€™s gender, race, age and disability, out of concern that such descriptions constitute unfair profiling.
The New York Post reported that police unions are rallying in opposition, putting out a public relations campaign that includes a uniformed and blindfold-wearing officer with the caption: â€œHow effective is a police officer with a blindfold on?â€
New York Police Department Captains Endowment Association, the main union fighting against the proposal, said crime rates could soar.
â€œIt will ban cops from identifying a suspectâ€™s age, gender, color or disability,â€ said the unionâ€™s president, Roy Richter, in the Post. â€œWhen we have wanted suspects and patterns of crimes, those are very important descriptive terms to let officers know who to look for.â€
The union is warning that under this proposal, police would be able only to issue alerts for wanted suspects based on the color of clothing â€” or else face the risk of a profiling lawsuit, the Post reported. And the bill is headed toward fast-track vote. The Post reported that billâ€™s sponsor, Democratic Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, and Speaker Christine Quinn have agreed to bypass the committee process and bring it up to the full council for a vote.
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