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Calls for change in policing continue nationwide; Mayor de Blasio unveils plan to tackle gun violence

Posted at 6:39 PM, Jul 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-10 18:42:32-04

NEW YORK — Ever since the death of George Floyd, a lot has changed when it comes to policing around the country.

In New York City, the Mayor Bill de Blasio said while he’s making good on his police reform promises, he is also putting an end to gun violence starting with a grassroots plan involving the community that rolled out Friday night.

“We will increase NYPD at hotspots at key locations, more patrol officers on foot, in vehicles, commercial leaders and organizations walking with police officers, showing common cause,” the mayor said.

It is for the common cause of sweeping change taking place nationwide.

In Washington, democratic lawmakers have been pushing for the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.

Democrats need bipartisan support, and they said the act is designed to fix what’s broken in policing on a federal level.

“These steps are necessary to restore confidence and help build trust in our communities,” Congressman Jerry Nadler said.

The bill includes putting an end to racial and religious profiling, a ban on chokeholds and no knock warrants.

It will also hold police accountable in court, investigate police misconduct, require integrity and trust training and demilitarizing police — just to name a few.

Two law enforcement experts, a retired NYPD deputy inspector and lieutenant, said the national plan mirrors what’s already being done in NYC.

“It’s almost like the same rhetoric to change policing you need something dramatic,” retired Deputy Inspector Corey Pegues said.

“I don’t see this amounting to anything. It’s more fruitless legislation,” Dr. Darrin Porcher, retired NYPD Lt. said.

Both men are concerned about doing away with things like the “No knock” warrants, even after what happened to Breoanna Taylor in Louisville..

“No knocks are needed, but only under extreme cases where we believe there are heavy firearms behind that door,” Pegues said.

“We desperately need no knock warrants in police because that ensures safety of officers and the people where the warrant is being conducted,” Porcher added.

George Floyd, a Black man, died on May 25 while in custody of a White police officer in Minneapolis. His death sparked nationwide calls for police reform and an end to racial injustice.