Councilman Brad Lander wants cops pulled from handling traffic enforcement

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He wants to take the “street” out of “street cops.” City councilman and comptroller hopeful Brad Lander says the city would be better off if police no longer handled traffic enforcement. The Park Slope lawmaker made the pitch Sunday, arguing that the city Department of Transportation should handle rules of the road since cops have a history of racial profiling and giving motorists a pass for dangerous activity. “For too long, we have shifted more and more roles to police officers, bloating their budgets while starving the republic safety and public health programs and resources,” said Lander. “Traffic enforcement by police does little to achieve safer streets, but brings with it the risk of racial profiling and escalatory violence.”