Bloomberg said a second bill, creating an inspector general for the NYPD, would allow “gang members to make anonymous complaints” about officers. And “the inspector general would have to review and the NYPD would have to dedicate time and resources to answering the gang members’ anonymous complaints.”
In a last-ditch effort to block two bills from passing the City Council, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and top law enforcement officials said city police officers will be disincentivized from doing police work and keeping the public safe if those bills became law.
Speaking at the headquarters of the New York Police Department, the mayor said one bill would mean “every tort lawyer is going to buy a new house and a new car, right away. They don’t even have to wait for the cases to come in,” since the bill would expose the police department and every officer to civil lawsuits over allegedly improper stops and interactions with the public.