NYC’s Democrat Mayor Eric Adams has slammed the “far-left agenda” of the New York City Council over new legislation that limits the work of police officers.
On Wednesday, the city council pushed through legislation that would force police officers to document all encounters with the public, the New York Post reported.
The legislation also restricts solitary confinement for inmates.
During an interview with WABC host John Catsimatidis, Adams blasted the move.
The mayor stated that the council members are “digging in deep” regarding leftist, radical policies.
“You have people who have a far-left agenda, who don’t believe in supporting police, and they’re just writing this legislation, and just handing it over to the council people,” Adams warned.
The mayor noted that most NYC residents support the New York City Police Department (NYPD).
“They want their police to do public safety, and not filling out paperwork,” Adams explained.
“That’s the same with the Department of Corrections.
Adams argues that the controversial bills were passed because of the “numerical minority” that is “controlling the narrative.”
The City Council voted to approve the bills this week despite strong opposition from the mayor, the police, and jail guard unions.
The “How Many Stops Act” passed in a 35-9 vote.
It will require police officers to report every single stop, leading to vast amounts of additional time in bureaucratic paperwork.
The bill’s sponsors claim the measure will hold authorities accountable for unlawful stops and searches.
NYPD Benevolent Association President Patrick Hendry is warning that the measure will “bury” police in paperwork.
“We do not have enough police officers,” Hendry stated, according to WABC.
“It won’t help us with response times.”
The second passed measure prohibits nearly all forms of solitary confinement in city jails.
The only exception is for the most violent individuals.
“All people in city custody would have at least 14 hours of out-of-cell time in shared spaces,” the city council stated.
“The Council has taken historic strides to advance justice and safety by banning solitary confinement and improving police transparency,” city council speaker Adrienne Adams said.
“The physical and psychological harm caused by solitary confinement leads to increased death and violence in jails, endangering those incarcerated, as well as correction officers and staff.”
Adams previously vowed to veto the “How Many Stops Act.”
He insists that it would “endanger public safety.”
“There is no way I will sign this bill into law,” remarked Adams, a former police officer.
“This is not how you keep the city safe.”
The city council’s two-thirds majority could override the mayor’s veto attempts.
The bills are set to become law in three months.