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Police union warns about stop and frisk lawsuits

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NYPD officers will not risk losing their jobs due to a possible lawsuit over the new stop and frisk laws, according to a report in the NY Post.

A memo was posted around every precinct in the city by Patrick Lynch, President of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association instructing officers “not to go above and beyond the call of duty.”

In the memo, Lynch stated, "All officers should take action if he or she sees a crime in progress, or if he or she sees that his or her life or the life of another person is in danger . . . [But] all officers should be careful not to initiate any law-enforcement action that could be construed as violating the new legislation and subject the officer to legal action."

According to then Post, many officers will follow Lynch's advice rather than risk their careers.

A police source in the Post report says officers will be told to "not to look for perpetrators of crimes” because of the fear of a lawsuit and that the NYPD “isn't going to represent us."

The NYPD and the union say crime will skyrocket and that New York was “the safest city in the country” but the new policy will have most crimes “go unsolved.”

On Thursday, bills passed by the City Council following an override of Mayor Bloomberg's vetoes will create an inspector general and allow citizens to sue police in state court under an expanded definition of racial profiling.

Mayor Bloomberg is appealing U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin’s order for an independent monitor of the NYPD. Scheindlin ruled that the NYPD engaged in "indirect racial profiling" by making hundreds of thousands of unwarranted stops of blacks and Hispanics.

Bloomberg says he intends to file a legal challenge to the racial- profiling bill that allows for state lawsuits.

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