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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.
Screenings of Fruitvale Station and the recent controversy over the New York Police Department’s stop-and-frisk practices are stirring up new conversations about policing, crime, and violence among white people who are not targeted by policing.
On Monday, federal judge Schira Scheindlin ruled that New York City’s controversial stop and frisk policing policing policy was unconstitutional and amounts to "indirect racial profiling" because officers regularly stop "blacks and Hispanics who would not have been stopped if they were white."
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.
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.
Nueva York - Organizaciones de derechos civiles, políticos y ciudadanos protestaron ayer contra el veto del alcalde de Nueva York, Michael 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.
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 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.
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.