City Council Votes to Increase Oversight of New York Police
Over the objections of the mayor and police commissioner, the New York City Council early Thursday morning approved by veto-proof majorities a pair of bills aimed at increasing oversight of the Police Department and expanding New Yorkers’ ability to sue over racial profiling by officers.You know, pairing this with the recent story about the New Black Panther Party president getting caught in one of those "Stop and Frisk" BS stops, it seems like more than just fringe elements are concerned about the direction of the NYPD. When Bloomberg boasts that he has "...my own army", it does make one wonder just what he thinks he's getting himself into.
The two bills, known together as the Community Safety Act, passed during a late-night meeting of the Council that began after 11 p.m., lasted more than three hours and in which members also voted to pass the city’s budget and override a mayoral veto of a law on paid sick leave.
Especially when he's using NYC tax dollars to fend anti-gun efforts in Nevada...
What, exactly, are his plans for his unchecked army? He's arguing against oversight - to use their own words against them, if he's not doing anything wrong, then he should have nothing to fear from an independent body overseeing his actions, right? I mean, that's his whole idea on increasing police presence and video surveillance, right? If you have nothing to hide you shouldn't care, something like that?
Seriously, though, you do have to wonder why Bloomberg feels that his actions - as promulgated by the actions of the NYPD - are above scrutiny. If, as he has repeatedly claimed, his "stop and frisk" policy is not racist in nature, then a review of the stops by a separate body should vindicate the NYPD and the "stop and frisk" policy, right? If the NYPD is not, in fact, harassing people of one particular race or ethnicity, then oversight will bear that out and the critics will be silenced.
Or is this more of the "trans fats for me, but not for thee" mentality we've come to expect from petty tyrants like Bloomie?
That is all.