Bratton speaks out against police reforms proposed by City Council

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NEW YORK (PIX11)-- NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton is coming out flatly against efforts by some members of the City Council to impose further restrictions on police announced Thursday during a City Hall rally.

"We cannot improve community policing...until we improve the on the ground interaction between police and civilians," councilman Ritchie Torres (D-Bronx) said.

And with that the co-sponsors of the so-called Right to Know legislation, announced the introduction of a bill that would require police to receive consent from any individual stopped on the street. Even though the right to refuse consent is already a constitutional right, the argument?

"The majority of the young men of color don't know...as of now, they don't know," councilman Antonio Reynoso of Brooklyn said.

The lawmakers called the bills much needed reform to rein in a police department they say has not reformed fast enough since Mayor Bill de Blasio came into office.

Reforms also promised, they say in the wake of the death of Eric Garner at police hands. The victim of an alleged illegal chokehold.

They also introduced legislation making the use of such a tactic a crime even though it's already against the department regulations.

PBA pressident Pat Lynch, no friend of the police reform, called both measures damaging to a department who job one is to keep the city safe.

"We're out in the streets...embolden them further," Lynch said.