NYPD inspector general Tag All blog entries tagged as NYPD inspector general http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/latest Thu, 10 Jul 2014 05:36:15 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Today's Lead: Council Overrides Stop-And-Frisk Vetoes http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/08/23/todays-lead-council-overrides-stop-and-frisk-vetoes http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/08/23/todays-lead-council-overrides-stop-and-frisk-vetoes

The City Council yesterday voted to override Mayor Bloomberg's veto of two stop-and-frisk reform bills known as the Community Safety Act. The inspector general bill override passed with a vote of 39-10, while the profiling bill override passed 34-15. Speaker Quinn supported the inspector general measure but opposed the profiling bill. She said she doesn't expect any conflict between the inspector general and a federal court-appointed monitor mandated earlier this month. Bloomberg vowed legal action against the profiling bill.

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mmuller@gothamgazette.com (Mike Muller) The Eye-Opener Fri, 23 Aug 2013 12:23:41 +0000
Today's Lead: Council To Vote On NYPD Bills http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/06/25/todays-lead-council-to-vote-on-nypd-bills http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/06/25/todays-lead-council-to-vote-on-nypd-bills

Yesterday the Council voted 41-8 in favor of bringing two NYPD bills to a floor vote, bypassing a committee where they were being held up. This is the first time such a "discharge vote" has been used since 1989. One bill would create an independent monitor for the department and the other would allow individuals to sue over stops resulting from bias. The Council could vote on the bills as early as tomorrow. Former Manhattan D.A. Robert Morgenthau spoke in opposition to the bills at a rally yesterday. Queens D.A. Richard Brown and Staten Island D.A. Dan Donovan also attended. The monitor bill is expected to get enough votes to override a mayoral veto, while the other is less certain.

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mmuller@gothamgazette.com (Mike Muller) The Eye-Opener Tue, 25 Jun 2013 11:44:13 +0000
Today's Headlines: Bloomberg Staunchly Defends NYPD Policies http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/05/01/todays-headlines-bloomberg-staunchly-defends-nypd-policies http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/05/01/todays-headlines-bloomberg-staunchly-defends-nypd-policies

Mayor Bloomberg delivered a passionate speech yesterday defending his police policies and lashing out at critics. He lambasted civil rights groups and the media for not showing outrage at the recent murder of a boy in the Bronx. He signaled out the NY Times in particular for publishing an article opposing stop and frisk days afterwards. The paper's rebuttal was that the editorial and news gathering sections are separate. But they did however mention the shooting in an op-ed. The victim's mother supports the policy. Bloomberg also panned legislation in the City Council that would create an independent monitor for the NYPD and another addressing profiling. He argued that outside agencies wouldn't share sensitive information if another department could gain access to it and that it would somehow sow confusion among the ranks of who was in charge. The mayor also claimed that the second bill would bar the use of skin color in descriptions of suspects, which the bill's co-sponsor points out is not the case.

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mmuller@gothamgazette.com (Mike Muller) City Wed, 01 May 2013 12:06:23 +0000
Bloomberg Attacks Stop-And-Frisk Reform, Media Coverage #stopandfrisk http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/04/30/bloomberg-attacks-stop-and-frisk-reform-media-coverage-stopandfrisk http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/04/30/bloomberg-attacks-stop-and-frisk-reform-media-coverage-stopandfrisk Mayor Michael Bloomberg has lashed out at critics of the New York Police Department's stop-and-frisk tactics, including mayoral candidates, who he said are playing politics and undermining law enforcement.

During a speech to an audience of NYPD leaders today, Bloomberg took umbrage at two bills proposed by City Council members that seek to increase oversight of stop, question and frisk, directly tying the program to the city's record-low crime rates and ongoing counterterrorism efforts.

The outgoing mayor also took grave offense with some of his potential successors and their willingness to make the city less safe by supporting "politically driven legislation."

"My message is simple: stop playing politics with public safety," Bloomberg said to an audience of NYPD leaders. "Look at what’s happened in Boston. Remember what happened here on 9/11. Remember all of those who’ve been killed by gun violence — and the families they left behind. We owe it to all of them to give our officers the tools they need to protect innocent lives or people will needlessly die and we’ll all be responsible."

Calling the police department officers "first preventers," the mayor argued that the numbers used to argue against stop-and-frisk prove the need for the practice. Bloomberg defended the program as a deterrence against gun possession and crime, and that the movement to end stop-and-frisk would turn the clock back on the city's low crime rates.

"It’s hard to believe," he said, "but the NYPD is under attack, probably because this is an election year."

Bloomberg, who has often linked the city's economic viability to crime reduction during his term, again emphasized that public safety is key to New York City's success.

"The question is not whether the NYPD can continue driving crime to new record lows," he said. "The question is whether elected officials and special interest groups will allow you to. Will they trust you and will they have your back? God help us if they don’t."

Bloomberg focused his attack on two pending bills, both part of the Community Safety Act to task sponsored by Brooklyn Council members Brad Lander and Jumaane Williams. Bloomberg has previously said the bill to create an independent monitor over NYPD would have a chilling effect on policing, but today provided clearer examples of the type of chaos he thinks such a bill would create with a "rival power."

"With confusion comes deadly consequences to our police officers and to the public that they are sworn to protect," he said, adding that the the bill could hamper the department's counterterrorism operations by scaring other law enforcement agencies from discussing classified information.

The mayor also criticized a bill that would expand on a the city's law against racial profiling by allowing residents to sue the city. During her own speech on public safety, City Council Speaker and Democratic mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn has similarly hesitated on the bill, despite her support for the independent inspector general bill. Quinn has since said she would allow both bills to go to a vote despite her reservations.

Bloomberg then took clear aim at the "special interests" behind the legislation, lumping politicians motivated by an election year with media and advocacy groups. He likened the attacks on NYPD from groups including the Center for Constitutional Rights and the New York Civil Liberties Union to the National Rifle Association's attacks on gun control advocates.

"We don’t need extremists on the left or the right running our Police Department – whether it’s the NRA or the NYCLU," Bloomberg said.

Minutes after the speech, NYCLU responded to the mayor's criticism on social media, defending its work on stop-and-frisk.

The mayor further argued that advocates for police reform and the media have been complicit in ignoring the loss of life in the same minority communities that are hardest hit by crime.

Invoking the case of 17-year-old Bronx resident Alphonza Bryant, who was shot and killed last week, Bloomberg accused The New York Times of selective outrage. The Times, which has published multiple editorials opposed to stop-and-frisk, has been silent on the case.

"Do you think that if a white, 17-year-old prep student from Manhattan had been murdered, the Times would have ignored it?" Bloomberg asked before answering his own question. "Me neither."

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