NYPD commissioner: New laws 'handcuffing the police'

Dermot Shea
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By 1010 WINS

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said city lawmakers have “gone too far” and that new laws in the city are “handcuffing the police” as it sees a spike in gun violence.

There have been at least 634 shootings this year compared to 394 this time last year, a 60 percent increase. Murders are up 23 percent, data shows.

Shea said there was a “perfect storm” happening in the city, with a “massive decarceration” and “at the same exact time we have the courts … shut down effectively.”

“When you put those two factors together, and now you add in an anti-police sentiment, laws that certainly do not help the police, it is a toxic, toxic environment,” Shea told CNN’s Jim Sciutto on Thursday.

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday signed sweeping City Council police reform legislation into law.

Among other things, the new laws do the following: criminalize chokeholds and similar techniques during arrests; require new oversight of the NYPD’s surveillance technology; give people the right to record police; require officers to have their shield numbers and names visible; and require complaints and disciplinary procedures against officers to be published.

“I think that we have gone too far,” Shea said. “I think that we have crossed a tipping point on many levels in terms of taking tools away from the police. These last two months is just a completely different situation, where it’s a toxic environment."

Shea said he thought reforms were necessary but that, "You can’t have a 1 percent driving agendas that has a negative impact on the 99 percent, particularly on people of color in inner cities, and that’s what’s happening right now."

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