New York state troopers do not want to be stationed in New York City anymore.
The Times Union reports that the president of the New York State Troopers PBA issued a statement today “demanding” that state troopers be removed from New York and “cease any law enforcement activities within that jurisdiction.”
The request comes on the heels of a new police reform bill signed into law by Mayor Bill de Blasio. Many police departments across the country have been revamping their procedures amid calls for racial justice and police reform.
“We have arrived at this unfortunate decision due to the hastily written so-called police reform legislation recently passed by the New York City Council,” PBA President Thomas H. Mungeer wrote in a statement. “This poorly conceived bill, which will be signed into law by Mayor de Blasio today, puts an undue burden upon our troopers; it opens them up to criminal and civil liability for restraining a person during a lawful arrest in a manner that is consistent with their training and is legal throughout the rest of the state. Furthermore, this legislation will prevent troopers from safely and effectively arresting resistant subjects.” Read more.