NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New York City Council has voted to pass bills that will create an outside watchdog for the nation’s biggest police department and make it easier for people to file profiling claims against it, overriding mayoral vetoes.
Cheers erupted as the lawmakers voted Thursday to implement the new oversight provisions for the NYPD.
The racial profiling bill’s main sponsor Councilman Jumaane Williams became emotional as he cast his vote and spoke following the override.
“No one on this floor is anti-NYPD. We are anti policies that aren’t working,” he said.
But opponents said the oversight measures will weaken the police department.
“I believe that New Yorkers will rue the day that the City Council overturned these vetoes because I believe, essentially, that we are going to be less safe,” Councilman Eric Ulrich said.