Law Enforcement Unions Weigh In On Police Reform Plans

On the heels of New York City outlining the second phase of its plan for the NYPD, law enforcement unions are coming together to give their input. CBS2's Jenna DeAngelis reports.

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KRISTINE JOHNSON: We are just over two weeks away from the New York state deadline to make changes to police departments.

MAURICE DUBOIS: On the heels of the city outlining a second phase for its plan for the NYPD, law enforcement unions are coming together to give their input backed by the families of gun violence victims. CBS2's Jenna DeAngelis has more.

EVE HENDRICKS: My son deserved to live, deserved to live his dreams.

JENNA DEANGELIS: Side by side are pictures of Brandon Hendricks and Tomoya McKenzie, both basketball stars with big dreams, both tragically killed in separate shootings.

- Tomoya was just 13 years old and we were coming from basketball practice, and she got shot by a stray bullet.

JENNA DEANGELIS: Their mother, standing alongside the father of slain detective Randolph Holder at a news conference, backed by all five police unions who want legislation passed in their honor.

PAUL DIGIACOMO: That will permit judges to keep criminals carrying illegal guns in custody.

- The judge's hands are tied, and they can't keep these people behind bars.

JENNA DEANGELIS: The group calling on lawmakers to revisit the bail reform law, saying it's to blame for the spike in violence across the city. The city, though, focusing its efforts on NYPD reform, outlining part two of its plan Friday with key themes including decriminalization of poverty, transparency and accountability, and community representation.

BILL DE BLASIO: It has 28 more important proposals for making the NYPD more effective, more responsive, more sensitive to communities.

JENNA DEANGELIS: Proposals include legislation to ensure harsher punishments for officers accused of misconduct. In the most egregious, cases pension forfeiture. Also among the proposals is a push to make city residents a more significant factor in hiring officers.

PATRICK LYNCH: 60% of our members live in the confines of New York City? Why do they move out? Because they can't afford to live in the city in that we serve.

JENNA DEANGELIS: Police reform is happening no matter what, so are there some changes the unions agree on?

PAUL DIGIACOMO: We would accept to be a seat at the table, to have dialogue to go through the reforms.

JENNA DEANGELIS: Asked several times for their ideas, union leaders kept going back to bail reform, saying when it comes to that law and changes to the NYPD, they have yet to be offered that seat at the table.

PATRICK LYNCH: Let's have the discussion-- a real discussion. Stop demonizing us for the job that we do.

JENNA DEANGELIS: The clock is ticking. April 1 is the deadline. Jenna DeAngelis, CBS2 News.