New York City Council Votes to End Qualified Immunity

NEW YORK CITY, NY- May 26th, 2021- In Tuesday May 25th, the NYC council voted to end qualified immunity protections for officers of the NYPD.

Int. 2220-A or “A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to creating a right of security against unreasonable search and seizure, and against excessive force regardless of whether such force is used in connection with a search or seizure, that is enforceable by civil action and requiring the law department to post online certain information regarding such civil actions.”

The bill however was returned unsigned by the mayor. 7 other measures were also approved by the city council at the same hearing. One which “would remove the New York City Police Commissioner’s exclusive authority over police discipline.” Passed but has not yet by signed by the mayor. If the bill remains unsigned for 30 days, it will become legislation under NYC code.

This legislation comes amid strong calls for police reform.