A bill sponsored by City Council Democrats, Jamaane Williams and mayoral candidate Christine Quinn, would effectively make an NYPD description of a potential subject based on anything other than their clothing, grounds for a lawsuit.
According to a new ad produced by an NYPD union, which features a police officer standing on a city street blindfolded, the police force would be rendered ineffective, banned from describing potential criminals by skin color, sex, age, etc.
Cops might as well wear blindfolds if the City Council passes a bill that would let them use little more than the color of a suspect’s clothing in descriptions — or risk being sued for profiling, according to this provocative new ad (pictured) from the NYPD captains union.
The ad asks, “How effective is a police officer with a blindfold on?”
And the answer is not very, says the NYPD Captains Endowment Association, which is fighting the measure, claiming it would handcuff cops and send crime rates soaring.
Union President Roy Richter — who is seen in the ad wearing a blindfold in Times Square — told The Post the bill is dangerous because “it will ban cops from identifying a suspect’s age, gender, color or disability.
“When we have wanted suspects and patterns of crimes, those are very important descriptive terms to let officers know who to look for.”
The ad warns that if cops transmit a description of a suspect that goes beyond the color of his or her clothing, they could be sued for racial profiling if the proposal becomes law.
Quinn is clearly more interested in trying to garner cheap votes, than intelligently supporting her city’s police force.
Bloomberg associates say the legislation will lead to an exponential increase in lawsuits by people who believe they have been “profiled” under the bill.