Mayor Bloomberg and New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly joined veteran law enforcement officials today in urging City Council members to vote down two bills that are expected to be voted on this week.
The first bill would establish an Inspector General position within the NYPD. That official would be responsible for overseeing and investigating police practices.
Mayor Bloomberg says if enacted, the legislation would interfere with police officers' ability to protect New Yorkers.
In a pugnacious defense of what he called a police force bombarded by politics, Mayor Michael Bloomberg lashed out Tuesday at critics of the New York Police Department's stop-and-frisk practice and surveillance programs.
Police brass were not concerned with whether patrol officers were saving lives or helping people, they were focused on one thing: numbers, said a New York City police officer testifying in a federal challenge to some street stops.
The New York Police Department's practice of stopping, questioning and frisking people on the street is facing its biggest legal challenge this week with a federal civil rights trial on whether the tactic unfairly targets minorities.
The NYPD has released a report that breaks down its controversial stop and frisk policy by precinct and race.
A federal judge has begun a week-long trial in New York to determine if the city police department is unconstitutionally carrying out its stop-and-frisk program outside private apartment buildings.
A coalition of New York city and state lawmakers is in Washington Thursday to voice concerns about the NYPD’s controversial stop and frisk policy.
The number of civilian complaints made against the New York City Police Department decreased by 15% between 2009 and 2010, with 7,660 complaints in 2009 and 6,476 in 2010.