Friday, June 28, 2013

Looks Like "Bloomberg's Army" Is About To Get Scrutinized...

Yankeefried sends in this interesting story. Seems like the heavy-handed tactics favored by der Fuhrer Mayor Bloomberg aren't winning him any friends - among the NYC City Council?

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.

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.
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 " own army", it does make one wonder just what he thinks he's getting himself into.

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.


Old Windways said...

When the program is properly carried out, it is actually "stop-question-and-frisk" (thanks Tom Selleck of Blue Bloods), which is somewhat more reasonable than the way it is generally portrayed. That being said, there is quite a bit of room for abuse. Generally oversight is a good thing, as long as the raw and unbiased data is made available so you don't just have to take the word of a politically appointed committee.

Crotalus said...

Well, it's about time SOMEONE looked into Michaelstiltskin's shenanigans. Such a malevolent little dwarf.

Brad_in_MA said...


It gets better. Much better. The Second Amendment Foundation has sued Bloomberg and his organization under the Freedom of Information Act. I can't find a press release, but a member of a local 2A forum posted the contents of an email he received. Here's the link to the thread.

Brad_in_MA said...

Found it . . . here's the press release: