Advocates and elected officials will show their support of the Community Safe Act — and Councilwoman Debi Rose — at a Borough Hall press conference Wednesday.
The press conference comes after NYPD unions, opposed to the legislation that would install an NYPD Inspector General and tighten racial profiling protections, targeted Ms. Rose with palm cards they handed out at the Staten Island Ferry.
Ms. Rose voted in favor of both the Inspector General and the racial profiling bills, which comprise the act. The profiling bill allows people to sue, though not for monetary awards, if they feel a police tactic like Stop, Question and Frisk disproportionately targets one group.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has vowed to veto it – and is hoping to change the mind of at least one Council member in order to avoid his veto being over-ridden by the Council.
Wednesday’s press conference will feature Councilman Jumaane Williams (D-Brooklyn), author of the legislation; Cynthia Davis, president of the National Action Network’s Staten Island Chapter; Candis Tolliver, a senior organizer for New York Civil Liberties Union; members of the unions 1199 SEIU, 32BJ SEIU, and of the group Make the Road New York.
Williams and others have accused opponents of the bills of spreading falsehoods – particularly the notion that it would stop police officers from describing suspects by their race. He’s said he would withdraw the bill if someone could point to where it says that in the legislation.
In recent weeks opponents have shifted their focus to the idea that the bill would tie up police officers in court, when they are needed on the street, and on how low crime has dropped with the use of Stop, Question and Frisk.
The press conference will be held at 1 p.m.
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