Setting up a final act in his prolonged confrontation with the New York City Council over stop-and-frisk practices, Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday vetoed two contentious bills to increase oversight of the Police Department and expand the ability of New Yorkers to sue over police profiling of suspects, reports the New York Times. The vetoes were issued in separate three-page letters outlining Bloomberg's strong objections to each bill.
The council is expected to consider an override vote in the next month. The measures passed in late June, each with at least the 34 votes needed to override a mayoral veto. One measure, to create an independent inspector general for the police, received well over two-thirds of the votes in the 51-member Council; the other, which would broaden individuals' access to state courts for claims of bias-based policing, passed with exactly the number of votes needed. Bloomberg called both bills “dangerous and irresponsible.”