Annmarie Fertoli, Associate Producer, WNYC News
Annmarie Fertoli is an Associate Producer at WNYC, working with the afternoon news team to produce All Things Considered.
The new law that makes it easier for people to sue the NYPD for profiling is making police officers into the bad guys, the head of the sergeants’ union says.
President of the Sergeants Benevolent Association Ed Mullins said the laws that expand the definition of profiling and creates an inspector general is affected the morale of officers.
"We are really in a position where we became the bad guy, with the passage of the city council legislation," he said. "This piece of legislation creates the presumption that police officers are biased, that we are racially profiling individuals."
He added, “There’s no doubt it’s affecting morale.”
The law allows individuals with bias complaints to sue officers in state court — but not for monetary damages. It will take effect in 90 days.