Bloomberg Working to Uphold Planned Veto of Bill on “Stop and Frisk” Suits


New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg immediately came out swinging against a pair of bills approved by the City Council intended to oversee or curtail the Police Department, vowing to veto the measures and to do what it could to ensure that at least one of the vetoes would stand, the New York Times reports.

Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, sought to portray the bills — one aimed at increasing oversight of the Police Department and the other at expanding the ability to sue over racial profiling by officers — as divisive tools that would undermine police efforts to get guns off the streets and continue to lower the murder rate. The city fears that lawsuits could end the department's broad use of stop-and-frisk measures, the crime-fighting tool most closely associated with the Bloomberg administration.

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