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[ABC7 NY] NYC Council approves NYPD 'How Many Stops Act' and solitary confinement ban

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- New York City Council overwhelmingly approved two measures on Wednesday that the mayor strongly opposes, including one that would ban most forms of solitary confinement at city jails in most cases.

The other measure would require officers to report all street stops.

Advocates of the bills maintain this is about accountability and addressing racial disparities in the use of solitary confinement and how police conduct their investigations.

"We're asking for information on stops when police are turning on their cameras," said New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, a co-sponsor of the bill

The "How Many Stops Act" will require officers to report every single formal pedestrian stop.

Lawmakers overwhelmingly approved the legislation on Wednesday.

Advocates say the bill aims to hold police officers accountable for unlawful stops and searches that disproportionately affect Black and brown people.

"I've seen the damage it can do," said Christine Rivera of the Bronx Defenders. "The lack of trust between the community and the NYPD."

The need for greater transparency was highlighted in the June report by the federal monitor overseeing the NYPD's stop-and-frisk tactics.

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