A new law passed by the City Council, named the “Right to Know” law, requires all NYPD officers to give more information when they stop someone. They would need to tell their full name and rank, as well as other bits of usefull information.
In compliance with this, the officers will now be handing out business cards with their information. On the back of each card will be information on how to file a complaint, as well as how to request body camera footage.
The law, passed in January, following years of battling with the NYPD, also requires the officers to inform a person of their rights to refuse a search.
The NYPD Union has said that this law will only impede the NYPD from doing their jobs, and deter them from addressing crime.
“As we’ve said from the beginning, the ‘Right to Know’ laws will discourage police officers from proactively addressing crime and disorder and will lead to more frivolous complaints,” Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch said. “The City Council has continuously piled on new burdens and second-guessing for our police officers, creating unnecessary distractions for them that will ultimately make NYC a more dangerous place.”