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New Bill Would Require NYPD to Get Suspect's Search Consent

November 14, 2014  | 

Members of New York City's City Council are introducing a bill that would force police officers to get written or audio permission from a suspect before they could conduct a search, according to the New York Post.

Under legislation being introduced this week, police officers would have to get consent for searches when they don't have a warrant, aren't making an arrest or don't have probable cause.

Only two states — West Virginia and Colorado — have laws with similarly stringent requirements.

Suspects currently have the right to reject a search — but police have no obligation to notify them of that right and certainly don't need written permission.

Police union leaders immediately blasted the measure as a free pass for potential criminals.


Comments (15)

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Ima Leprechaun @ 11/15/2014 2:30 AM

What a stupid and dangerous measure.

Jason @ 11/15/2014 8:08 AM

That's the way it has always been, if you don't have a warrant, probable cause or affecting an arrest.

Retired NY Boss @ 11/15/2014 8:49 AM

I'm so glad I'm a retired NY Boss

Capt. Crunch @ 11/15/2014 2:03 PM

Why not hand the city over to the dirt bags now and save the paper work. You liberal idiots.

kevCopAz @ 11/15/2014 3:06 PM

sure glad NYC is doings this….nuts. Soon they will lose the "safest big city inn US" status I'm sure. I hope someone on the city council gets shot in the ass by someone carrying that an officer looked the other way on since its so tricking hard to do police work there.

kevCopAz @ 11/15/2014 3:11 PM

sorry to say this but the Mayor and the City Council only do this because they have body guards and PD around them and probably carry permits. Please some dirt bag shoot one of them in the ass PLEASE….. then the policies will change. We had a very Lib County Board member shot literally in the ass by a subject in a county building. She was very anti gun until then, once that happened she had security at the County Buildings etc tightened and security for herself. Pay back is a bitch.

Charlie Blaock @ 11/15/2014 3:51 PM

I agree with NY Boss but I pray for those still holding the line. Maybe if some of these self appointed experts on LE got up off their dead assess and walked the beat they might have a different perspective.

E. Morales @ 11/15/2014 7:58 PM

WOW! I'm so GLAD that I left NYC and became a cop else were! I miss the city but being a cop their is NOT what I used to be. I also agree with everyone else that when one of these Council members or the Mayor gets attacked and-or-shot at then they all will be singing a DIFFRENT TUNE! To all my brothers and sisters out there, as always be safe and watch each others backs. Remember, if we do not hold the line then NO ONE WILL! God bless

sgtken @ 11/16/2014 2:00 PM

The people will get what they desrve for voting these fools into office and totally handcuffing their Police force.
Jason..did you ever here of a Terry stop!!

krisnlc @ 11/17/2014 8:15 AM

Hello guys...that is a constitutional right.... why the excitement... Searches should only be conducted under "probable cause, warrants or affecting an arrest" Remember 'Katz'....

I am not a liberal, but protection from harm and unreasonable searches and seizures is part of the american right...if you don't believe in that, this country is not for you or you have been in this work too long!

S.S. @ 11/17/2014 8:19 AM

Damn things keep getting harder and harder for l.e. There are so many things that could go wrong while the officers who are conducting the investigation. Things happen so fast and then to record someone or to get a search warrant is just wasting valuable time. It just seems the council in N.Y. are making it easier for the criminal to get away. This just makes me sick. Thank God i live in TEXAS.

Bill @ 11/17/2014 9:01 AM

How is this any different than the limits already placed on LEO's by the 4th amendment?

Greg @ 11/17/2014 10:41 AM

Damn Bill of Rights just keeps getting in the way.

I'm more concerned with all the scum being let out of prison (overcrowding, illegal aliens etc.) Facing the same happy illegal faces over and over knowing full well their supporters (Holder, Obama, Dems) keep letting them out and back into the country.

Renaldo McLaughlin @ 11/17/2014 11:42 AM

1st Prop. 47 passes in Ca and now this!

Bo2234 @ 11/18/2014 12:57 PM

Hey Jason and krisnic, go back to law school or the academy or wherever and re-learn. You may search with consent. NYPD just wants the consent in writing or on tape. Silly step in the process for most interactions.

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