CB12 recently passed a resolution calling for the renaming of a Jamaica street after Sean Bell, which of course is about to open a big can of worms.
From the Daily News:
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is backing the controversial bid to re-name a city street after Sean Bell, the Queens man who was fatally shot by cops hours before he was to get married.
Council sources said Quinn's support means the bill is likely to pass, a development certain to infuriate police.
A member of Quinn's staff called the head of the city's Detectives union last Friday to say she would back the push to for "Sean Bell Way" to mark the Queens block where police killed Bell on Nov. 25, 2006 sources said.
But, as the Daily News also reports, not all council members are falling in line:
Vallone noted the new standards for street renaming adopted in August 2008 following the Sonny Carson fight requires subjects up for the honor meet the following criteria:
- City residents or natives or individuals of particular importance to New York City;
- Of enduring or lasting interest to large segments of the City’s population or have undertaken an act or acts of enduring or lasting interest to their community; and
- Whose importance to the City or whose enduring interest is a result of exemplary acts or achievements which reflect positively on the City.
"I have serious concerns that this violates our own newly-created Council rules which dictate that street-renaming must be for someone who's important to the city," Vallone said. "Is this the result of an exemplary act which reflect positively on the city? I'm very concerned that this violates our rules."
"The message they're sending to the youth of our city is that it's okay to get intoxicated and get behind the wheel of a car and it's okay to run people down, especially police. That's the message they're sending. The message they should be sending is don't be like Sean Bell," said Detectives Endowment Association President Michael Palladino.
So Quinn is violating the council's own rules by supporting this. In fact, it should be disqualified automatically, based on these rules, but it won't be, because the Christine Quinn is a big coward.
In the meantime, there's a police cemetery in Brooklyn that's falling apart.