Turning Cops Into Shrinks? NYPD Slammed for New Sensitivity Rules
Are New York City police officers being turned into therapists?
A New York Post report made that argument this week, calling out Police Commissioner Bill Bratton for going forward with new sensitivity rules.
The report states:
“I am [name] and I’m here to help,” officers should tell an emotionally disturbed person on the street, according to the 16-page pamphlet’s directives, which go into effect Wednesday.
The cops also are told to listen closely and “Identify what the subject wants so you can determine solutions that incorporate the concerns of the subject.”
The instructions include “Emotional labeling” — by saying to the person, “You seem [insert appropriate emotion].”
The Outnumbered hosts discussed the new rules, which have been criticized by officers.
Fox News legal analyst Arthur Aidala said he's hesitant to criticize Bratton, whom he lauded for lowering crime rates and creating the "safest" city in the country.
"He's a very pro-cop guy. He thinks this is gonna help police officers," he argued, adding that police officers should always want to de-escalate a situation.
Meghan McCain said her concern is that there will be an "overreaction" and rules like this could cause officers to think too much instead of acting instinctively.
She said that the death of Eric Garner, for example, stemmed from a few "bad apple" officers making a poor decision.
"As a general whole, police officers are amazing. I've personally been helped out in many situations by the NYPD. They're here to protect us," she said.
Watch the debate above and let us know your thoughts.