Assemblyman William Scarborough (D-Jamaica) recently praised Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision to drop the City’s lawsuit against Local Law 71, which barred “bias-based” profiling by the NYPD. This effort to end racial profiling by the NYPD was passed by the City Council over former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s veto. Bloomberg then filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn the law.
“By dropping this lawsuit, Mayor de Blasio is showing yet again that he is serious about ending racial profiling and wants to forge a different and better relationship between the NYPD and the communities they serve, especially communities of color,” Scarborough said. “I applaud the Mayor for this and other efforts he has undertaken in this regard.”
Local Law 71 was passed by the City Council last August and allows plaintiffs to sue the NYPD in state court if they maintain they were victims of racial profiling. If they are successful and win in court, they cannot ask for money, but only for injunctive relief. Previously, racial profiling victims could only sue in federal court.