Brooklyn BP Wants To Make Sure NYPD Isn’t Failing Nursing Moms

Kristie Keleshian
January 02, 2020 - 4:18 pm
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is calling on the city comptroller to audit the NYPD about its reported lack of accommodations for officers who need to pump breast milk.

The request comes after five police officers sued the NYPD last week, claiming the department did not provide them with clean and private spaces needed to express breast milk, as required by law.

The women say they were forced to pump in front of colleagues, in dirty rooms, bathrooms and squad cars and were berated by questions by supervisors.

Former NYPD Officer Simone Teagle says the most common phrases she heard when trying to pump were, “No, you have to wait for a break. There's no-one to relieve you. How long have you been downstairs? What have you been doing all this time?”

She says while she was breastfeeding her infant and needed a place to express milk, the NYPD refused.

Adams now wants City Comptroller Scott Stringer to audit the NYPD and ensure that proper accommodations are being made for female officers who have just given birth.

“Is the New York City Police Department in compliance? You can't be a law enforcement agency if you are breaking the law, you must come in compliance with the law and we don't believe that's taking place now,” said Adams.

Adams also wants the City Council to pass a law ensuring all city facilities have designated lactation rooms for nursing moms.