NEW YORK (FOX 5 NEWS) - From the steps of City Hall came voices of outrage on Wednesday.
Constance Malcolm is the mother of Ramarley Graham. A narcotics cop shot and killed Graham in her home in front of his 6-year-old brother and grandmother. That is why she is so disappointed the New York City Council won't be voting on two controversial police reform bills known as the Right to Know Act.
The proposals include a requirement officers inform people they have a right to refuse searches when there is no warrant or probable cause. Instead of putting the measures to vote, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the NYPD struck a deal to instead make changes to the NYPD patrol guide.
Gwen Carr's son was Eric Garner, the Staten Island man killed by police in a chokehold two years ago this month. She spoke of "backroom deals." She said that the patrol guide has banned the chokehold for decades but that didn't stop a cop from using it on her son. She said she and others want accountability.
The council speaker and the mayor defended the decision. They believe will make a difference. Mark-Viverito said the NYPD will update the patrol guide and will make changes to training. She also said that the door is not closed to future legislation.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said the goal is to change the relationship between the police and community for the better.