New York City Police Unions Livid Over Bill On Racial Profiling

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York City police unions are lining up to blast a bill they say would handcuff them from doing their job.

“The community should be outraged that this legislation is out there,” Roy Richter of the Captains Endowment Association said Wednesday.

Richter is shown in a provocative ad that features police brass wearing a blindfold.

It’s a campaign to defeat a bill that would expand the ban against racial profiling to include profiling by “color, age, citizenship status, gender, sexual orientation or housing status.”

“Racial profiling is already illegal and should be. What this does is handcuff the police officer on the street. When a description comes over, rather than saying, ‘a male white wearing jeans and a tee-shirt,’ now it comes over ‘jeans and a tee-shirt,’” said PBA President Patrick Lynch.

Opponents also say the bill will make cops timid…

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