NY State Troopers Ask To Be Removed From New York City

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The head of the New York State Troopers PBA issued a statement Wednesday “demanding” that state troopers be removed from New York City “and cease any law enforcement activities within that jurisdiction.”

According to the PBA Head, the new regulations would “criminalize methods of restraint, including putting any pressure on a person’s chest or back.”

FOLLOWING IS THE FULL STATEMENT:

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.

Thomas H. Mungeer
President
New York State Troopers Police Benevolent Association

(YWN World Headquarters – NYC)




6 COMMENTS

  1. With the exception of the short time period they were stationed in Boro Park after many anti-semitic acts this winter
    all I ever the state troopers do in NYC is give traffic tickets so if they want to go they are welcome to do so.

  2. i wish all Troopers a safe trip back home to Albany we had enough speeding tickets on SI expressway and Seat belts tickets at Battery tunnel and Baby seat tickets in Boro Park.
    Maybe oon your way back you can pick up a few tickets on NY17 on Fridays and Monday morning…
    Glad to see the Gray color go and the Blue come back

  3. Where were the Troopers when the BLM demonstrators attacked our NYPD? you couldnt find a Trooper no where.!!!!!!!
    no one saw a trooper at the looting in manhattan and shootings in brooklyn…
    Hope u dont make it back to those court dates you ticketed and those tickets will get dismissed.
    i hope your commanders wont allow you back for court date….
    BYE BYE see you on NY17

  4. This is probably going to be shocking to a lot of you but people in uniforms are there to assist and help us.
    Shocking, I know, but it’s the truth. Say thank you for the speeding ticket. It caused you to B”H slow down and get home safe and sound. Same for the people you were sharing the road with. Car seats? Seat belts? Again, say thank you instead of always finding fault.

  5. The question is what happens when the New York City police refuse to serve under these new rules.
    The State police are designed for upstate and traditionally were never used in the five boroughts.

  6. Again stupid comments by stupid people!! Missing the point as usual…Point is our city is going downhill even state troopers don’t want to be here…