NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg is fighting mad with a pair of bills approved by the City Council to oversee NYPD. He threatened to veto the measures to ensure that at least one of the vetoes would stand.
Bloomberg claims the bills are flawed. One aimed at increasing oversight of the Police Department and the other at expanding the ability to sue over racial profiling by officers as a divisive tool that would undermine the police’s efforts to get guns off the streets and continue to lower the murder rate.
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. issued the following statement in support of both bills. “The passing of these two important pieces of legislation by the City Council will offer strong new protections for New Yorkers, which have for so long been the victims of overly aggressive policing through the misuse of the NYPD’s ‘stop and frisk’ policy. We have also created a new watchdog for the NYPD in an inspector general. Such oversight is necessary, and will allow for police abuses to be brought to light more easily.
Diaz added that “Our communities want to trust our police department and work with them to continue to see crime levels drop. But we can only do that through an open and honest relationship with the police, one that respects our communities and the civil liberties of our residents. This legislation will help do just that, and I am glad the City Council has moved it forward.”