There’s no advantage to a police union lawsuit making an attempt to dam the discharge of footage from cops’ physique cameras, Mayor de Blasio and town’s high lawyer stated Wednesday.
“We really feel we’re on very robust authorized footing, the best way now we have constructed our physique digicam initiative. And it essentially requires transparency,” de Blasio informed reporters at an unrelated press convention in Manhattan.
“That transparency, as you’ve seen already, I feel has been essential to the individuals of this metropolis. And we don’t consider the authorized claims being made by the PBA have advantage.”
The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Affiliation sued de Blasio Tuesday, charging the discharge of physique digicam footage violates state civil rights regulation.
The NYPD doesn’t launch all physique digicam recordings, however does launch some on a case by case foundation.
The PBA argues the disclosures violate a bit of regulation generally known as 50-a, which prohibits the discharge of police personnel information.
However Company Counsel Zach Carter stated the movies aren’t coated by the regulation.
“Physique-worn digicam footage shouldn’t be a personnel report,” he stated, including town would argue for “the utmost doable transparency with respect to the discharge of physique worn digicam footage.”
“The Mayor’s feedback right this moment contradict his administration’s earlier written acknowledgment that Part 50-A coated all the captured footage. It is precisely the sort of arbitrary and capricious flip-flopping that clarify a politician shouldn’t be deciding this difficulty,” stated PBA president Pat Lynch.