New York State Attorney Letitia James has now recommended that New York Police stop regular traffic stops, due to the potential for escalation into violence.
Why the change?
Last year, the NYPD made a routine traffic stop where it believed motorists were not wearing seat belts, although the video would later prove the men were. The accident ended in Police shot Alan Velez, Whose family later filed a wrong death suit.
The Prosecutor’s Office found that the use of lethal force was justified in the Velez case because of the potential risk to a nearby officer. But she also indicated that Velez’s death could have been avoided if the police had not stopped him.
Critics of stop-traffic policies, such as stop-and-search, say These practices discriminate against blacks and Latins And stir up violence.
Instead of police officers pulling drivers over due to issues like speeding, James’s office recommends that police officers only arrest motorists with open orders if they are believed to pose a danger to the surrounding community.
What’s next from James?
James’s office is not trying to force the NYPD to change its practices, instead it just makes a recommendation. This means that routine traffic stops will continue unless the police decide to stop them.
James recently grabbed the headlines for He filed a lawsuit against the National Rifle AssociationAs well as the announcement of an investigation into the death of a woman who was hit by a New York Police car.