NYPD officers are being warned to avoid situations while on the job that could lead to lawsuits for violations of a new plan that makes it easier to bring racial profiling claims.
The legislation passed in the City Council is seen by supporters as a check on a police force that's come under scrutiny for its heavy use of a tactic known as stop and frisk and its extensive surveillance of Muslims.
Critics say the measures would impinge on techniques that have decreased crime dramatically.
In a letter to its members this week, the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association said "all officers should be careful not to initiate any law enforcement action that could be construed as violating the new legislation and subject the officer to legal action."
Another bill passed in the City Council would create an independent inspector general for the department.
Both Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly are vehemently opposed to the measures.