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In New York City Policing Bills, Bloomberg’s Veto Is Overridden

With strong public complaints about stop-and-frisk, the New York City Council passed bills that increase oversight of the police and allow people to sue for profiling.
08/23/2013
BET News

In a move to distance itself from the Mayor Michael Bloomberg on stop-and-frisk and policing issues, the New York City Council overrode two mayoral vetoes on police oversight.

As Critics United, Stalled Battle Against Frisking Tactic Took Off

08/13/2013
The New York Times

As the Police Department performed a mounting number of stops on New York streets, voices of opposition, slow and scattershot, struggled to be heard.

Complaints, mostly from minority areas, never quite coalesced into a movement. Police officials and city leaders casually dismissed opponents, denying that the stops were race-based and pointing to the plummeting crime rate as justification for the tactics.

NYPD's use of stop and frisk is unconstitutional, judge rules

08/12/2013
Queens Chronicle

The Police Department's use of stop and frisk is an unconstitutional violation of the rights of minorities, a U.S. District Court judge ruled Monday.

The police are indirectly racially profiling by stopping minorities at a much higher rate than whites, Judge Shira Scheindlin said, according to multiple published reports.

Scheindlin has for months been hearing a case brought by several people who contend they were wrongly stopped.

Protestan en NYC por veto de ley para supervisar a la Policía

La manifestación fue contra el alcalde Michael Bloomberg y su oposición a la Ley de Seguridad de la Comunidad, aprobada por el Concejo de la ciudad
07/24/2013
EFE

Nueva York - Organizaciones de derechos civiles, políticos y ciudadanos protestaron ayer contra el veto del alcalde de Nueva YorkMichael Bloomberg, al proyecto de ley que supervisaría a la Policía para evitar las detenciones y cacheos que se realizan por un perfil racial, especialmente a afroamericanos y latinos.

New York City mayor vetoes bills to limit stop-and-frisk policy

07/24/2013
Reuters

Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday vetoed two measures meant to curb the city's controversial stop-and-frisk policing policy, setting up a likely showdown with the City Council.

Bloomberg called the bills dangerous and irresponsible and said they would make the city less safe.

One measure would create an independent inspector general to monitor the New York City Police Department. The other would expand the definition of racial profiling and allow people who believe they have been profiled to sue police in state court.

Mayor Bloomberg Vetoes NYPD Oversight Bills

07/23/2013
Staten Island Advance

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has vetoed both components of the Community Safety Act, which would establish an Inspector General for the NYPD and tighten racial profiling laws.

The mayor has long been opposed to the legislation and said he would veto the two bills after they passed at a late-night Council meeting last month. The act is comprised of two bills -- one relating to the Inspector General, which passed overwhelmingly, and one on racial profiling, which passed with exactly enough votes to override a mayoral veto.

Bloomberg vetoes NYC anti-stop-and-frisk bills

07/23/2013
New York Daily News

Two politically charged New York City bills to rein in the NYPD’s use of controversial stop-and-frisk tactics were vetoed Tuesday by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
He slammed both bills — one to create an NYPD inspector general and another to allow people to sue over racial profiling by cops — as a boon to criminals and terrorists.

The “dangerous and irresponsible” measures “would make New Yorkers less safe,” he wrote in his veto message.

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