THE BRONX - Mayor Michael Bloomberg today continued to strongly defend the NYPD's use of the controversial stop-and-frisk policy.
His announcement comes after the City Council approved measures on Thursday that would severely curtail the NYPD's stop-and-frisk policy. The council also voted to create an inspector general position to oversee the police department.
Critics say that the policy is based on racial profiling, but the mayor, appearing on WOR this morning, suggested that critics are wrong to compare the percentage of stops for any particular race to the overall population. Instead, Bloomberg said, critics should compare the breakdown of the stops to the descriptions of the suspects. He said if you look at it that way, Caucasians are actually being stopped "too much," and minorities "too little."
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The mayor has vowed to veto the Council’s bills, but it is believed that the City Council may have enough votes to override those vetoes.