Westchester County is banning cops from the Big Apple, saying the city’s new restriction on chokeholds and other restraints makes it too easy for officers to get jammed up.
The new decree, laid out Thursday in an internal memo obtained by The Post, comes on the heels of legislation approved last month by the New York City Council that bans chokeholds and prohibits officers from sitting, kneeling or standing on a suspect’s chest and back.
Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the bills this week.
“Given the likelihood that the restraint of a non-compliant individual during the course of making a lawful arrest often requires kneeling on the torso of the suspect for at least a brief period of time,” the Westchester memo said, “this order is intended to protect sworn members from criminal prosecution for actions consistent with their training and department policy.”
“Effective immediately and until further notice sworn members shall not conduct any enforcement activity within the confines of the City of New York,” it said. “This includes pursuing subjects into the City of New York for offenses committed in Westchester County.”
The May 25 death of George Floyd while being pinned down by Minneapolis police officers has sparked a nationwide call to ban many forms of police restraint — including in New York.
Westchester County does have a ban on police chokehold on the books but does not prohibit other forms of restraint.
Calls to the department were not immediately returned Thursday.
The county memo comes one day after the New York State Police union issued a statement calling for all troopers to be pulled from the five boroughs while the new measure is in place.
“These techniques are commonly used by many law enforcement agencies statewide and nationwide when officers are faced with violently combative subjects,” the union said. “I find it very troubling that these acts are now defined as criminal in nature, even if they were unintentional and no injury was sustained by the subject.”
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