WESTCHESTER POLICE OFFICERS ADVISED TO CEASE ALL LAW ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITY IN NEW YORK CITY
The Affiliated Police Associations of Westchester (APA) represents more than 4,000 law enforcement officers in more than 40 law enforcement agencies in Westchester County, NY
Police Officers throughout Westchester County, some of those whose municipalities border the Bronx, often find themselves enforcing the law in New York City. Whether it’s a result of a vehicular pursuit, following up on an investigation or executing search and/or arrest warrants, police officers from Westchester are often called to duty in NYC.
Yesterday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law a package of police reform bills that were recently passed by the City Council. One of these bills now criminalizes techniques that are often utilized by all police officers throughout the 40+ law enforcement agencies in Westchester. One law bans the use chokeholds, which are already outlawed at the state level, but ridiculously adds language, which holds cops culpable for “sitting, kneeling or standing on the chest or back in a manner that compresses the diaphragm.”
This bill, which was hastily and recklessly signed into law by irresponsible elected NYC officials, will now open up all police officers to criminal and civil liability, even if they are executing lawful arrests while using their training and utilizing tactics that are safe and legal in the rest of New York State.
For these reasons, the Affiliated Police Associations of Westchester (APA) is offering the following advice to all police officers in Westchester County regarding law enforcement activities in the five boroughs of NYC…
The APA is strongly advising all police officers in Westchester County to avoid any law enforcement activity in New York City if at all possible. We are also calling on all local Police Chiefs and Commissioners to join us in this message. We cannot have our police officers held criminally or civilly liable for simply doing the job they were trained to do.
Det. Keith Olson
Affiliated Police Associations of Westchester