NEW YORK - Bystanders could soon be compensated for helping the NYPD take a person into custody.

The Sergeants Benevolent Association is proposing to offer $500 cash rewards to people who help suspects that are resisting rather than tape the altercation.

Brooklyn Senator Martin Golden will introduce a new Good Samaritan law to shield those from liability if they help officers.


The bill is still being drafted.

The cash proposal is aimed at getting those who film officers taking people into custody to put down their phones and get involved.

There are mixed receptions of the initiative with some people believing it will cause new problems and others happy that officers will have extra help.