New York City Council passes two NYPD oversight bills

Amid opposition from Mayor Bloomberg, the Council approved bills to curb the use of stop-and-frisk by the NYPD

Topics: NYPD, stop-and-frisk, Michael Bloomberg, Raymond Kelly, New York City,

The New York City Council approved two bills to establish more oversight of the NYPD’s use of stop-and-frisk, amid opposition from Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Chief Raymond Kelly.

The New York Daily News reports:

The Council voted with veto-proof majorities for bills creating an inspector general’s office to oversee the NYPD and allowing people to sue over racial profiling by police.

The IG bill passed 40-11. The profiling bill passed 34-17 — exactly the number of votes needed to withstand Bloomberg’s expected veto.

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Bloomberg’s counsel Michael Best objected to the bills in a letter to the Council, arguing that they “would seriously impede the ability of the Police Department and the City to protect 8.4 million New Yorkers” and cause an “avalanche of new lawsuits against police action.”

 

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at jrayfield@salon.com.

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