After more than two hours of emotional debate, the City Council voted to override Mayor Bloomberg's vetoes of two bills that will reform the NYPD's stop-and-frisk program. According to a New York Post report, the two bills will become law within 90 days.
One of the bills will insert an inspector general to oversee the NYPD. Bloomberg has vowed to fight the second bill, making it easier for New Yorkers to sue the city over alleged racial profiling.
The NY Post reports that the bill's sponsor, Jumaane Williams, broke down in tears saying his father (who recently passed away) would be proud. "This bill will do nothing but help restore some of the trust that is gone between police and community,” Williams stated when talking about the inspector general bill.
Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly continued to criticize the bills and warned of the damaging effects. “Today, the City Council adopted legislation that will make it harder for our police officers to protect New Yorkers and continue to drive down crime,” Bloomberg stated. According to the NY Post, all three Republican mayoral candidates (Joe Lhota, John Catsimatidis, and George McDonald) all ripped into the City Council's decision.
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