The officer immediately identifies himself, at which point Salaam says he’s a member of the City Council. “Oh, OK, have a good one,” the cop responds. Because he’s showing respect to a city politician on official business.
Salaam is mad that the officer didn’t explain why he pulled him over. But the interaction takes all of 30 seconds, and the officer isn’t going to cite Salaam; he’s letting the councilman get on with his evening. Salaam takes politeness and respect and tries turning it into scandal.
“The fact that the officer did not provide a rationale for the stop … calls into question how the NYPD justifies its stops of New Yorkers and highlights the need for greater transparency to ensure they are constitutional,” Salaam said in a statement.
The How Many Stops Act would not change what happened with Salaam in the slightest.
Officers currently do not have to say why they pulled you over, and won’t under the new bill.
The Adams administration supports an effort to make that a requirement, separate from the How Many Stops Act.
The officer has to document the Salaam traffic stop now, under current regulations. Again, the Act does nothing to change that.
What the How Many Stops Act does do is force the NYPD to document every interaction with every person, even in the most innocuous sense. So just asking someone if they witnessed a crime, and having that person say no, requires a form.
It drowns the department in paperwork, and encourages officers not to interact with the public at all. Which, for the “defund the police” progressives, is exactly the point.
That it will shackle police and encourage crime, they don’t really care.