Council to push for full vote on NYPD Inspector General bill
The City Council is set to fast track two of its bills Monday that aim to curb problems associated with the NYPD's controversial stop and frisk policy.
Several council members, including Jumanee Williams and Melissa Mark-Viverito, will rally in front of City Hall before voting to bypaass the Public Safety Commitee's approval on the police Inspector General bill and another piece of legislation that would ban racial profiling .
The committee's chair, Councilman Peter Vallone, refused to bring the bills for a vote despite the majority support of the council.
Under the proposal, an independent watchdog, who would have a seven-year term, would monitor all of the NYPD's policies and make recommendations how the department could police better. Vallone took the same stance as the police commissioner and mayor, who has vowed to veto the measure, and contends the NYPD doesn't need the additional scrutiny.
Civil rights groups, however, say the police need more oversight, especially when it comes to stop and frisk. Studies by the New York Civil Liberties Union show the majority of stops yield no arrests or convictions and target minorities.