NYC Council Overrides Bloomberg, Passes Measures to Oversee Police


New York’s City Council approved a new layer of oversight for the nation’s largest police force, overriding Mayor Michael Bloomberg after a judge deemed NYPD’s stop-and-frisk tactics “indirect racial profiling” of blacks and Latinos, reports NPR. The council overrode Bloomberg’s veto and passed one bill creating an inspector general for the police department and another making it easier to sue over racial profiling. Council Speaker Christine Quinn, a candidate to succeed Bloomberg,said said most people being stopped by the police are not doing anything wrong. “That is a practice that is unconstitutional and must come to an end,” she said. NAACP president Ben Jealous said, “The policies of the NYPD inspire the policies and practices of police departments across the nation.”

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