Members of the New York Police Department are rejecting a new proposal which would require them to inform citizens of their rights to refuse searches prior to unwarranted searches being conducted.
The bill, introduced today, forces police to obtain consent from citizens before they search them, a rule which was already pretty much established by theFourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures…”
The bill covers cases when police don’t have a warrant, are not making an arrest, or don’t have probable cause,” reports CBS New York.
Under the proposed bill, police would also be forced to obtain proof of a suspect’s consent, either in writing or with a recording of their verbal agreement.
A police union representative calls the new bill, which aims to keep citizens’ rights intact, a score for the criminals.
“This is one more time that the City Council is trying to protect criminals rather than New York City police officers,” Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch told CBS New York.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is also apparently still on the fence about whether or not protecting his fellow citizen’s rights is a good thing.
“We obviously have to protect the rights of our people, but we also have to make sure we are not undermining in any way for law enforcement to do its job,” de Blasio stated.
Written by ADAN SALAZAR
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