Bill Would Require NYPD To Report Race, Ethnicity Of All Drivers Pulled Over

Joe Avellar
August 20, 2019 - 5:48 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A Queens city council member wants the NYPD to report the race and ethnicity of every driver that is pulled over in a traffic stop.

Worried that minorities are unfairly targeted by the NYPD, City Councilman Donovan Richards has asked officers to hand out business cards and record the race and ethnicity of every driver they stop.

“So many other black men I know, who may be coming home from work or driving in their neighborhood, who felt they were unjustly profiled and pulled over,” Richards said of his proposal.

He also wants the results of all traffic stops reported.

The NYPD has strongly opposed the bill and believes it would take up valuable time.

In a statement to WCBS 880, the NYPD said the proposed change would result in traffic stops being extended to capture census data, taking time away from police work.

The department also reiterated its earlier opposition to police providing a contact card at a traffic stop.

There's no timeline for the bill at this point.