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Mayor Michael Bloomberg. File photo
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on Wednesday he would veto a proposal to appoint an inspector general to oversee policies at the New York City police department.
The inspector general bill before the City Council is one of a set of bills in the Community Safety Act aimed at curbing controversial NYPD practices like “stop-and-frisk,” where police detain and search city residents in high-crime neighborhoods without a warrant.
On Tuesday, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, a frontrunner the race for Mayor, announced her support for the inspector general portion of the act. “We can’t have a practice like this go unchecked,” she told the New York Daily News.
At a trial in Manhattan federal Court this week, the Center for Constitutional Rights is arguing that the NYPD, through stop-and-frisk, has “laid siege to black and Latino neighborhoods.”
The Mayor, however, said an inspector general would create unnecessary bureaucracy at the NYPD and reduce safety in the city.
“Last year we set a new record low for murders in the city – and a record low for shootings,” he said at a meeting on Wednesday. “We did it by recruiting the most diverse police force in the nation, training our officers in smart and proactive policing strategies. That included targeting criminal hotspots, and stopping, questioning, and sometimes frisking people who may have been engaged in criminal activity.”
Besides creating an inspector general, the Community Safety Act, sponsored by Brooklyn Council Members Jumaane Williams and Brad Lander along with other Council Members, would ban profiling based on race, religion, immigration status, gender identity and other categories. It would protect New Yorkers against unlawful searches, and require officers to identify themselves and explain why they are stopping someone.
"Black and Latino men are far, far more likely to be stopped, questioned, and frisked than other New Yorkers, and rarely have done anything wrong,” Williams and Lander said in a joint statement on Tuesday. “It could not be clearer that New York City needs to end discriminatory policing by passing the Community Safety Act.”
The NYPD stopped almost 700,000 people in 2011, up from more than 90,000 a decade ago. Nearly 87 percent were black or Hispanic. Four out of five precincts with the highest number of stops were in Brooklyn. Roughly ten percent of those stopped were arrested.
In January the Brooklyn Eagle reported that Brooklyn resident Jurard St. Hillair, finding himself the subject of the New York Police Department’s stop-and-frisk tactic for a second time, filed a lawsuit against the city. A video surveillance tape showed the police officers aggressively pushing St. Hillaire against a wall to search him.
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FiftyOneFive Oh wrote:This whole thing might be a Quinn tactic to help her win the Democratic primary, where only the most activist voters cast a ballot.... Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on Wednesday he would veto a proposal to appoint an inspector general to oversee policies at the New York City police department.The inspector general bill before the City Council is one of a set of bills in the Community Safety Act aimed at curbing controversial NYPD practices like “stop-and-frisk,” where police detain and search city residents in high-crime neighborhoods without a warrant.On Tuesday, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, a frontrunner the race for Mayor, announced her support for the inspector general portion of the act. “We can’t have a practice like this go unchecked,” she told the New York Daily News.
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The only good thing to come out of a Quinn mayorality would be all municipal contracts getting settled.
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Prosay wrote:One of the fears of Bloomberg/Kelly about this IG is that it would give the rank-and-file cop an opportunity to submit Schoolcraft-type complaints directly to someone outside the job who would be required to take action on it.
Whether that's good or bad at this point, I'm not sure (would Marino, et al, still be on the job, or would they be "spending more time with their families" if there was an IG?)
As it stands now, all those oversight people that Kelly detailed (5 DAs, etc) require that the "complainant" submit their complaints through the chain of command within the job before they would address it, and only if criminality was suspected.
First off, do you really think any IG is going to care about what cops complain about? This is being set up by a city council that is looking to hammer the balls off of rank and file cops. It will be a forum for every race baiter to grind their ax. You think Jumane Williams or Bad Breath Barron give a flying fandango about cops? Or whatever it is that cops are bitching about? The only thing they are going to listen to is jerkoffs...and hammer cops. This will be their hammer blow to SQF.
Where do you get your "complaints must go up thru the Dept first" before winding up in the DAs Office crap from? Is that from "Prosay's Silver Gun Lining Playbook" ? Anyone can walk into any DAs Office, as well as DOI, CCRB, etc and can make any complaint they want. These agencies then contact our IAB. Add in Federal and State agencies, and you got a multitude that can take a piece out of our azz. And quite a few have done so without ever telling the NYPD a single thing until the other shoe was going to drop.
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Blue Trumpet wrote:However configured, the IG would be a pawn of the mayor and mayors don't like scandals during their own tenure.
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