The Criminalization Bill Signed into Law by Mayor De Blasio in NYC calling for greater police transparency and accountability is being met with opposition by police in Westchester County. They are restricting their officers from assisting NYPD because of this recent legislation.
President of the Chiefs Association Chris McNerney and Chief Criminal Investigator of the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office stated that “there position is precipitated by the recent legislation proposed by NYC Council and signed my Mayor De Blasio that criminalizes the act of putting a knee on the back or chest of a violently noncompliant individual when effecting and arrest”
Chief McNerney let me say that I am saddened by your position on this, as you are the Chief Criminal Investigator for the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office and part of the newly formed Police Training Task Force created by County Executive George Latimer, whose main goal is to review in detail all of the procedures and policies that are used at the county police academy, to train new police recruits and provide in-service training for those who are already working in law enforcement.
It’s clear you have already stated your position on this subject matter and that it is okay to put a knee on the back or chest of a violently noncompliant individual when effecting and arrest when more times than not it is more than one officer effecting that arrest, so your position on this says that we can’t trust you to be a part of a task force that is supposed to protect us from racist violence.
This is another reason why community organizers and stakeholders have demanded that NYS Attorney General Letitia James look at all the investigations conducted by the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office from the beginning of the 1994 administration to the present in which people have been seriously injured or killed at the hands of the police. The Chiefs Associations position on this leads me to believe that many cases investigated by the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office were never sincerely or thoroughly prosecuted.