In Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Peter King (R-NY) has introduced this bill twice before, once in 2011 and once in 2013. It was stuck in committee limbo both times. Something this version has in common with it's predecessors — the bill has bipartisan support.
Of Note: Though Rep. King had introduced this bill previously, this time around it has taken on a deeper significance. In early May 2015, NYPD Officer, Brian Moore was shot to death while on duty in Queens. He lived with his father in North Massapequa with his father in King's home district.
The shooting came after a fraught showdown between the NYPD and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. In December of 2014, two NYPD officers, Rafael Ramos and Weijan Liu, were shot and killed in their patrol car in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant. The shootings came shortly after a grand jury decided not to indict Daniel Pantaleo, a white NYPD officer who was filmed putting Eric Garner, a black man, in a chokehold — a tactic banned by the force, which killed Garner.
At a press conference after the grand jury’s decision, de Blasio said that he had to talk to his son about being cautious around police because his son is biracial. The police didn’t take too kindly to this. At the funerals for Ramos and Liu, some police turned their backs on de Blasio as he gave eulogies.
For his part, Rep. King has slammed the media for stirring up anti-cop sentiments.