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The biggest police union in New York City is suing the mayor to stop the release of body cam footage

New York City’s biggest police union has launched a lawsuit against Mayor Bill de Blasio in a bid to stop the release of all body camera footage obtained by New York City Police Department (NYPD) officers. 

The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (PBA) filed its lawsuit on January 9, asserting that the forced release of video from police body cameras violates NYPD officers’ civil rights. 

The lawsuit, shared online by, alleges that New York State Civil Rights laws prohibit the release of records used to evaluate performance “toward continued employment or promotion” unless a court order granting access to footage has been secured. Read more…