Weeks after dozens of incidents involving violent police tactics against reporters and news photographers, NYC news organizations, journalists, and elected officials are pushing back against NYPD control of city press credentials.
They gathered Monday just steps from police headquarters to call for stricter protections for journalists in their interactions with police, with one politician demanding the issuance of press credentials be transferred away from the NYPD, which has overseen that function for decades, to City Hall.
Comptroller Scott Stringer, who’s running for mayor, wants City Hall to control the issuance of press credentials so the mayor can be held more accountable. He said Monday that Mayor de Blasio should strip the NYPD of that power.
“They can barely handle what’s going on now,” he said of the NYPD.
Stringer seemed to acknowledge that tasking City Hall with that duty was an imperfect solution in at least the short term, though.
“I’ve just had enough of City Hall’s purposeful attempt to limit press access,” he said. “This is nothing new. This has been a pattern over the last seven years.”