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New bill would require NY cops to have personal insurance for liability suits

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Crime is skyrocketing in the state of New York. Most especially in New York City. You would think that the states Democrat Party lawmakers would want to entice people into joining the states police forces. Instead they are doing the opposite. The premiums for police liability suits would be huge, and not affordable for many police officers. New York states Dems are treating cops like criminals. Expect the number of police officers in New York state to plummet. A state without police cannot function.

Who, in their right mind, will be a cop? This at a time when NYC is vying for murder capital of America.

New bill would require NY cops to have personal insurance for liability suits

By New York Post, July 8, 2020

State lawmakers are churning out more proposed laws to hold cops accountable for misconduct.

A bill introduced by state Sen. Alessandra Biaggi (D-Bronx) would require police officers to obtain personal liability insurance to cover civil lawsuits filed against them for excessive force and other abuses as a way to deter misconduct.

Under current law, cops who are sued are represented by the city law department and taxpayers foot the bill for any verdict or settlement.

Biaggi’s proposal would require each officer to obtain individual liability insurance. The city or other local governments would still be required to cover the basic insurance policy to cover tort litigation costs.

But Biaggi said her bill would better hold officers accountable by requiring them to pay any increase in premiums related to payouts for wrongdoing.

“Officers who have misconduct claims brought against them may see their premium go up and will be required to pay those costs. The purpose of this bill is to establish a financial disincentive for police misconduct and create accountability for abhorrent behavior,” she said.

Between July 2017 and June 2018, New York City paid out $230 million in 6,472 cases for alleged misconduct or alleged wrongdoing by officers, according to a report released by city Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office.

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