Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Police Unions back John Doe

Police unions are offering lobbying muscle to push for language in a bill that would protect rail and airline passengers who report suspicious activities from being sued.
The support is concurrent with similar legislation introduced in the New York state Assembly last week to ban such lawsuits in state courts.
"When it comes to suspicious, potentially terrorist activity, New Yorkers are encouraged, 'If you see something, say something,' but before they do so, they have a right to know that they will not be sued for their efforts," said Assemblyman Rory I. Lancman, Queens Democrat.
Police unions say their officers cannot be everywhere to see everything and stop every crime. They offered their support in letters to Rep. Steve Pearce, New Mexico Republican and author of language added to a rail- and transportation-safety bill to protect airline passengers from lawsuits.

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