New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has issued a directive ordering the New York Police Department (NYPD) to deny federal agents access to school grounds unless they have a “valid judicial warrant.”
He also urged school officials to make sure any warrant is legitimate before allowing agents’ entry.
The mayor revealed the directive Tuesday via a top-level memo distributed to police officials, just one day following U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ threat to withhold federal funds and “claw back” money that has already been dispersed from “sanctuary” cities and states.
The NYPD Administrative Bulletin, published Tuesday, says the mayor’s office and the Department of Education have “established guidelines for public school principals to follow” if “non-local law enforcement officers”— such as FBI or Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents — appear at their schools.
The memo asserts that federal agents “will not be permitted to proceed” beyond the front desk at schools and that a precinct patrol supervisor should respond to assure that they do not.
NYPD Chief of Department Carlos Gomez said that a commanding officer, executive officer, or duty captain should also be dispatched to the scene “if there is a disagreement between a principal and non-local law enforcement officer regarding access to the school or an officer insists/demands access.”
The memo notes that that NYPD officers “must honor valid judicial warrants,” but adds that police “should confer with the department’s legal bureau to determine if the warrant is valid.”
A source from the NYPD called the policy “ridiculous,” contending that “federal law supersedes the city.”
“We work with law enforcement. That’s our job,” the source said. “We’re supposed to work together.”
The U.S. Department of Justice, which oversees both the FBI and ICE, has not commented on de Blasio’s directive.
H/T: New York Post
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