NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Mayor Michael Bloomberg issued harsh language and a pointed threat Wednesday, as he fights a proposal to create an inspector general to oversee the New York City Police Department.
As CBS 2’s Tony Aiello reported, Bloomberg urged the City Council to oppose the plan, and said he would veto the plan if it passed.
Web Extra: Mayor Bloomberg’s Full Statement (pdf)
With pins on their lapels and signs at their protests, activists have been demanding the creation of an inspector general to monitor the NYPD.
They have claimed that “stop-and-frisk” and other policies are unfair to minorities.
The proposal languished until City Council Speaker Christine Quinn this week promised to pass it. That promise prompted a harsh rebuke from Mayor Bloomberg, who said an outside monitor would meddle with police strategies that have driven crime to near-historic lows.
“Together the mayor and the commissioner set the direction of the department, and they do not need an un-elected and unaccountable official to supervise their policy decisions,” Bloomberg said. “The bill being considered by the City Council would undermine the accountability that has been essential to the department’s success and make our city less safe.”
“If the Council passes it – and I urge the members to oppose it – I will veto it. We have come too far to forget the lessons we’ve learned. And those who taking our record low levels of crime for granted are making a terrible and tragic and dangerous mistake. “We cannot afford to play election year politics with the safety of our city, and we cannot afford to roll back the progress of the past twenty years,” Bloomberg added.
“Make no mistake about it,” Bloomberg continued. “This bill jeopardizes that progress and will put the lives of New Yorkers and our police officers at risk.”\\