New York State Troopers Ask To Be Removed From NYC Following New Regulations

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New York State Trooper vehicle (John Nacion/Star Max/AP)

ALBANY (VINnews) — In a statement issued on Wednesday by the head of the New York State Troopers PBA, “demanded” that state troopers be removed from New York City “and cease any law enforcement activities within that jurisdiction.”

“We have arrived at this unfortunate decision due to the hastily written so-called police reform legislation recently passed by the New York City Council,” wrote PBA President Thomas H. Mungeer in his statement. “This poorly conceived bill, which will be signed into law by Mayor de Blasio today, puts an undue burden upon our troopers; it opens them up to criminal and civil liability for restraining a person during a lawful arrest in a manner that is consistent with their training and is legal throughout the rest of the state. Furthermore, this legislation will prevent troopers from safely and effectively arresting resistant subjects.”

Part of Mungeer’s grievances are tied to the new regulations that “criminalize methods of restraint, including putting any pressure on a person’s chest or back,” when these methods are relied upon by law enforcement across the nation “when officers are faced with violently combative subjects.”

“I find it extremely troubling that these acts are now defined as criminal in nature, even if they were unintentional and no injury was sustained by the subject,” Mungeer said.

In recent years, Gov. Cuomo has called upon the state troopers to increase their presence in NYC, mostly to assist in patrolling the city’s airports, bridges and tunnels.

Mungeer’s statement was directed to State Police Superintendent Keith Corlett.

The complete statement reads as follows:

For Immediate Release: July 15, 2020
Troopers’ Union President Demands Removal of Troopers from New York City

As President of the New York State Troopers PBA, I am demanding that New York State Police Superintendent Keith Corlett immediately remove all uniformed State Troopers currently stationed within New York City and cease any law enforcement activities within that jurisdiction.

We have arrived at this unfortunate decision due to the hastily written so-called police reform legislation recently passed by the New York City Council. This poorly conceived bill, which will be signed into law by Mayor de Blasio today, puts an undue burden upon our Troopers; it opens them up to criminal and civil liability for restraining a person during a lawful arrest in a manner that is consistent with their training and is legal throughout the rest of the State. Furthermore, this legislation will prevent Troopers from safely and effectively arresting resistant subjects.

The imminent finalization of NYC Administrative Code section 10-181 will criminalize methods of restraint, including putting any pressure on a person’s chest or back. These techniques are commonly used by many law enforcement agencies statewide and nationwide when officers are faced with violently combative subjects. I find it extremely troubling that these acts are now defined as criminal in nature, even if they were unintentional and no injury was sustained by the subject.

Our Troopers have become a familiar sight in New York City over the past five years following Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s request to help protect the city’s airports, bridges and tunnels against the threat of terrorism. Additionally, our presence there has significantly increased the safety of all New Yorkers as well as the millions of visitors who travel there each year.

Despite the positive effects of the presence of Troopers in New York City, this constraining legislation leaves us with few other options. One option would involve New York State Attorney General Letitia James indemnifying State Police members from this ill-conceived law. As that is unlikely to happen, it is the position of the Troopers PBA that if we continue to allow our members to remain stationed and conduct police activity within the five boroughs of New York City, we may be opening them up to criminal and civil liabilities simply by doing the job they were trained to do.

Thomas H. Mungeer
President
New York State Troopers Police Benevolent Association

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28 COMMENTS

  1. We wouldn’t be missing them. They literally do nothing accept for givining out more tickets, just to spite Schmuck De blasio, all on our acct. .
    Good riddens!

  2. Now the state troopers are not going to police the city even if forced to be here. Next it will be the regular police force. In other word there will be no one to protect us in the near future, while DeBlasio and the criminals will run the city. As long as they stick to their neighborhoods and hurt each other – no problem. However, how long do you think it will be before it spreads into our neighborhoods? Advice – Keep one foot ready to run to Israel.

  3. Great now I can calmly pass the bridges and tunnels like a normal us citizen, it always looks like you’re in Russia or china with all those cops sitting around.

  4. Good riddance. Who needs those Storm troopers with their nazi boots threatening us? We have enough tzaros from the regular NYPD. We don’t need those interlopers harassing us as well.

  5. You guys are sick. Yes they give tix but their presence has deterred plenty of crime. Would you rather get a ticket if you were wrongfully speeding orbwould you rather get stopped by some gang that’s been running around in NYC and get hurt ?

  6. Yes, I saw it years ago. Kurt Russell was superb in that film. I felt bad for the cab driver in the end. Unfortunately, NYC is slowing denigrating towards that matzav. With this being a sanctuary City and bail reform having people killed daily, it is getting frightening. I don’t see any normal candidates running for Mayor next year that could reverse this trend.

    • Are you even aware what the nys troopers do , why make an ignorant comment like that , just be glad that we still have any police of any kind that still want to serve and protect

      • The police? They are the ones who arrest people for marijuana and make money off traffic tickets. They are the guys who use civil forfeiture. Sometimes they kill people. Yeah, the police.

  7. I don’t know about running to Israel, but that’s for sure, we should all get guns and protect ourselves, we live in the most horrific dangerous horrible times…

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