New York Daily News

July 23, 2013


 

 

Daily Politics

Mayor Bloomberg Vetoes Stop And Frisk Bills

BY ERIN DURKIN

Two highly charged bills to rein in the NYPD’s use of stop and frisk were vetoed Tuesday by Mayor Bloomberg.

Bloomberg slapped his veto on measures to create an NYPD inspector general and allow people to sue over racial profiling by cops that he has charged would be a boon to criminals and terrorists.

His veto message called each measure “a dangerous and irresponsible bill that would make New Yorkers less safe.”

Bloomberg has mounted a blitz to block the racial profiling bill, which passed with 34 votes - exactly the number needed to override a veto - but so far has not convinced a Council member to switch sides.

The Council is all but certain to override his veto on the IG bill, which passed by a bigger margin.

Supporters of the bills blasted the veto.

“It’s pretty simple: either you believe people should be treated differently simply because of their race, religion, sexual orientation or immigration status, or you find that repulsive and believe it should be outlawed,” the group Communities United for Police Reform said in a statement.

But police unions hailed the move.

“It is not an exaggeration nor is it a doomsday threat to say that passage of this legislation is dangerous for the city and that it will turn the NYPD from a successful, crime fighting, proactive department back into the hesitant and reactive one we had during the crime filled days of the 80s and 90s,” said Police Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch.