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John Nuthall


March 16, 2015

PBA President: Courts are protecting criminals while denying others the right to safety

The NYPD recently disseminated a directive of the federal courts via a Finest Message directing police officers to change how they fight crime in apartment buildings that were part of Operation Clean Halls.

PBA president Patrick J. Lynch said:

“This is effectively the end of the successful ‘Clean Halls’ program.  The courts have given those with criminal intent the right to loiter in places that they have no legitimate reason to be.  The court is protecting the rights of criminals while blatantly violating the rights of residents to have a home free of threats and criminality.  The personal rights pendulum has swung way out of control.”

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The Police Benevolent Association of the City of New York (PBA) is the largest municipal police union in the nation and represents nearly 50,000 active and retired NYC police officers.