State Troopers: “Now we cannot safely arrest a violent person”

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The New York State Police superintendent stated the city’s new regulations forced the president of the State Police Association to remove the troopers from New York City due to the regulation’s strict nature. 

Here’s the full quote: 

“As President of the New York State Troopers PBA, I am demanding that New York State Police Superintendent Keith Corlett immediately remove all uniformed State Troopers currently stationed within New York City and cease any law enforcement activities within that jurisdiction.”

“We have arrived at this unfortunate decision due to the hastily written so-called police reform legislation recently passed by the New York City Council. This poorly conceived bill, which will be signed into law by Mayor de Blasio today, puts an undue burden upon our Troopers; it opens them up to criminal and civil liability for restraining a person during a lawful arrest in a manner that is consistent with their training and is legal throughout the rest of the State. Furthermore, this legislation will prevent Troopers from safely and effectively arresting resistant subjects.”

“The imminent finalization of NYC Administrative Code section 10-181 will criminalize methods of restraint, including putting any pressure on a person’s chest or back. These techniques are commonly used by many law enforcement agencies statewide and nationwide when officers are faced with violently combative subjects. I find it extremely troubling that these acts are now defined as criminal in nature, even if they were unintentional and no injury was sustained by the subject.”

“Our Troopers have become a familiar sight in New York City over the past five years following Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s request to help protect the city’s airports, bridges and tunnels against the threat of terrorism. 

Additionally, our presence there has significantly increased the safety of all New Yorkers as well as the millions of visitors who travel there each year.”

“Despite the positive effects of the presence of Troopers in New York City, this constraining legislation leaves us with few other options. One option would involve New York State Attorney General Letitia James indemnifying State Police members from this ill-conceived law. As that is unlikely to happen, it is the position of the Troopers PBA that if we continue to allow our members to remain stationed and conduct police activity within the five boroughs of New York City, we may be opening them up to criminal and civil liabilities simply by doing the job they were trained to do.”

The proposed removal arrived in a timely fashion during a crime surge in the city. The cases of shootings doubled this year, with 53 new victims from this past weekend. And for some reason, it’s not enough reason for the city to reconsider that slashing police budgets. 

At least, it would have been sensible if the curve of the crime rate was drastically declining, then maybe there’s a possible angle to argue that imposing these types of stringent bills towards the law enforcement would be considerable, but what’s happening is the opposite. 

In a statement to The Federalist, Mungeer argued that such laws would hurt law enforcement officers: “This legislation is certainly placing my Troopers in danger as they now cannot safely arrest a violent person without being placed in jeopardy of being arrested themselves.” Including the diaphragm, which does not only outlaw the use of chokeholds, also extends particular back or chest pressure when arresting violent criminals. This new legislation was crucial to 

the decision to leave the organization.

Mungeer’s response to the Diaphragm Bill: 

“These techniques are commonly used by many law enforcement agencies statewide and nationwide when officers are faced with violently combative subjects.” Mungeer concluded with, “I find it extremely troubling that these acts are now defined as criminal in nature, even if they were unintentional and no injury was sustained by the subject.”

In order to finalize the removal, the association needs the State Police superintendent’s approval. However, Keith Corlett has yet to release a response. For more information, here’s a clip of Mungeer discussing how Joe Biden has become a two-faced Presumptive Democratic Presidential Nominee regarding from supporting the Police in the past, and how things began to take an unexpected turn as soon as Joe Biden decided that he wanted to run for President. 





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