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.
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 email@example.com.