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De Blasio Signs Bills For More Police Transparency

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)-- Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a series of bills that force the police to release information they've long kept internal.

WCBS 880's Alex Silverman explained it's part of a deal the New York City Police Department struck with the council earlier this summer.  

Staten Island Councilmember Debbie Rose said she discovered new information following the death of Eric Garner.

"I was shocked to learn that 7 out of 10 of the most sued police officers in the NYPD were assigned to one of my precincts," she said.

Her bill requires the police to report the locations of cops with the most complaints and lawsuits against them. Another bill the mayor signed requires public reports on incidents where police officers use force.

"[We] will now have transparency and intimacy very similar to what we've had with firearms for many, many decades available for all to see in the media, the public, the political leadership," Rose said.

Commissioner Bill Bratton said it reflects a new era of transparency for the NYPD.

De Blasio announced Bratton's resignation at City Hall on Tuesday. James O'Neill, currently the Chief of Department, will be taking over as the new commissioner effective Friday, Sept. 16.


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