NYC Council OK’s Police Oversight, Profiling Suits in Veto-Proof Vote


Over the objections of the mayor and police commissioner, the New York City Council early today approved by veto-proof majorities a pair of bills aimed at increasing oversight of the Police Department and expanding New Yorkers' ability to sue over racial profiling by officers, the New York Times reports. The bills stirred a heated public debate between supporters, who are seeking to change the Police Department's stop-and-frisk program, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Commissioner Raymond Kelly, who have warned that the measures would hamstring police officers and lead to a dangerous spike in crime. Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who faces a growing challenge to her early front-runner status for mayor, supported creating an independent inspector general for the Police Department, which passed 40 to 11, but opposed the police profiling bill, which got 34 votes in favor and 17 against.

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