Mayor Michael Bloomberg vetoes NYPD oversight with Community Safety Act

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has vetoed two key bills aimed at providing oversight of the NYPD following a long battle against stop-and-frisk. The pieces of legislation

The City Council passed the laws last month with enough votes to override his veto.

The City Council passed the laws last month with enough votes to override his veto. (7/24/13)

NEW YORK - Mayor Michael Bloomberg has vetoed two key bills aimed at providing oversight of the NYPD following a long battle against stop-and-frisk.

The pieces of legislation are together called the Community Safety Act. One would have created an independent inspector general for the police department, and is similar to a position seen in other major cities across the country.

The bills would also create a more generous path for people to bring lawsuits against the NYPD if they feel they are discriminated against.

People from across the city took to the steps of City Hall last month to voice support for more police oversight. They claim officers unfairly target minorities with the controversial stop-and-frisk tactic, but supporters argue that the practice has driven down crime.

The mayor's decision is not the end of the road for the act. City Council members who voted for its passage can vote to override the veto within the next 30 days.

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