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June 28, 2013

PBA challenges pro-NYC police oversight lawmakers

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW YORK (AP) - The president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association says no New York City Council member who voted in favor of more police oversight "will have a free ride in the next election."

In a press release Friday, PBA President Patrick Lynch said if the bills become law, the PBA intends to target "pro-crime" council members in the upcoming election.

The PBA represents about 50,000 active and retired NYPD officers.

1 of the measures would establish an inspector general with subpoena power who could scrutinize the NYPD's policies and practices and recommend changes. Many law enforcement agencies around the country have a similar monitor.

The other bill would give people more latitude to sue if they believe they were stopped due to bias based on race, sexual orientation or certain other factors.