Earlier this week, I encouraged you to take action to thwart the NYPD’s rewrite of the city’s overly vague parade rules. I objected not because of the content, but because of the process, calling it Singapore on the Hudson.
The NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Public Information sent this out Friday afternoon:
In view of comments already received on the proposed revision to Chapter 19 of Title 38 of the Official Compilation of Rules of the City of New York, the Police Departmwnt has withdrawn the proposed revisions regarding parade permits and will publish new ones in the City Record narrower in scope with a new hearing date. As a result, the public hearing scheduled for Wednesday, August 23, 2006 has been cancelled.
From what I understand they will simply raise the number of people that can constitute a parade from two to something like ten.
As far as I’m concerned, that doesn’t change a thing. If the NYPD is writing the rules, I object.
The NYPD should have less authority over parades and protests, not more.