2015-09-30 / Front Page

NYPD Receipt Policy Gets Mixed Reviews

By Liz Goff

A majority of Astoria residents polled last week by the Gazette said they do not agree with a new NYPD policy that requires cops to issue a “receipt” to anyone they stop for questioning on the street.

“What’s next?” 29th Street resident Christopher Schribbe said. “Why don’t they just give the robbers and muggers and the guys who have the guns the right to question the cops before they can be questioned?” Schribbe, who moved to Astoria five years ago from New Jersey, said he’s saving up money to get out of the Big Apple. “Regular people will have to move if deBlasio keeps on taking away the rights of law enforcement,” Schribbe said.

The new ruling requires cops to issue a “What Is A Stop” receipt to anyone stopped for questioning. Police officers are required to give their name and check one of more of six   reasons that led them to stop the person, a top ranking NYPD source said.

“Officers can stop a person who matches a wanted suspect, or someone who is spotted near a crime scene,” the source said. “But they can no longer stop someone who makes a suspicious move or someone who happens to be standing in a high crime area.”

Broadway resident Alan Bierman had his own reason for disliking the new policy. “It’s too b ad they didn’t have this is effect a few months ago, when that creep with a gun shot and killed the cop who stopped him in Queens Village,” Bierman ranted. “That kid could still be alive if some NYPD official told him not to worry about people who look like they’re reaching for a gun. The NYPD should be ashamed of itself for putting all of us in danger just to appease some liberal idiots,” Bierman said.

NYPD critics applauded the move, saying too many minorities stopped by police are never given a reason for the stop. Critics described the new policy as a {baby step” on a long road to complete disclosure by city cops.

Franco Nunzio, 26, told the Gazette he was stopped several times recently because he resembles a man who was wanted for killing his girlfriend. “He’s bald, I shave my head,” Nunzio said. “He’s chubby-pumped and I’m just pumped, athletic,” Nunzio said. “That doesn’t mean I killed someone.”

Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, said of the new policy, “It’s just another nail in the coffin of NYPD officers who risk their lives day after day to keep residents of this city safe.

This will undoubtedly increase complaints against officers and will reduce their efficiency to deter crime,” Lynch said.

NYPD officials said police are not required to provide a receipt to individuals who are placed under arrest as the result of a stop..

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