by Associated Press writers JENNIFER RYAN, ALDEN BURTON, RACHEL MELBER, AND ROBERT PLEIFENBACHER, NEW YORK TIMES:The city’s top police officer, New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill, announced Tuesday that the city will allow residents to take back their own police cars.
City leaders are considering allowing residents to keep their own vehicles as long as they pay a fee to park them in a designated location.
“There is a fundamental need for people to have control over their cars and that’s what we are trying to create,” O’Malley said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press.
O’Neill’s announcement came as the city grapples with a rash of deadly police shootings of black men in the city’s most populous borough.
A police body camera system that captures images and video has become the focus of criticism from residents, and residents say it has allowed officers to view footage of the incidents in ways that they couldn’t have with other cameras.
A city councilman, David Greenfield, who represents a section of the Bronx, said residents should be allowed to return their cars if they pay $100.
O:The proposal has been met with fierce criticism from police unions, who argue the cost of maintaining a camera system is prohibitive for the city.
Police union leaders, meanwhile, have said the city needs more than $100,000 to buy a new camera and that a police car should be replaced only if it is damaged or lost.
The New York Police Department said Tuesday it has deployed at least 500 body cameras in New York.
O’:New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday announced that he will propose a bill allowing police officers to carry guns, and he said it was the only way to restore trust in law enforcement.
“We must make it possible for all citizens in New England to have full confidence in the police force,” de Blasio said in the statement.
“New York City will continue to work with the New York State Legislature and the governor to develop the best possible law enforcement system.”
O’NEILL:The public has a right to have the opportunity to participate in policing in a manner that reflects their views.
But that right does not extend to the right to keep and bear arms.
The police department’s plan is an attempt to do just that.
New York State Police will conduct a comprehensive review of the law in New Zealand.
It will include the role of the police and the use of firearms, de Blasio added.
O:In an interview Tuesday, O’Neil said the plan was meant to create a more democratic police force, which he called “a reflection of the city of New York.”
O: We are not going to have this body-worn camera program unless we have a change in policy, which will require the Legislature to enact legislation.
It is an experiment in a different way of doing things.