The court papers filed by the Justice Department say the government was weighing in “only in order to assist the court on the issue of remedy, and only should it find that NYPD’s stop-and-frisk practices are unlawful.”
With the blessing of Speaker Christine Quinn, a pair of bills designed to reform the NYPD are headed to a vote in the City Council this month.
The auditors failed to find records of recent inspection for critical parts of the system, including defects like a rusted girder at the 111th Street station, the report said.
In his weekly radio address Sunday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg blasted two proposals that he said would “undermine public safety” by placing a yoke on the NYPD.
A poll finds New York City voters overwhelmingly support a plan to put the New York Police Department under the scrutiny of an outside watchdog.
Former Chief of Department Joseph Esposito was questioned by about whether the police department has any program for tracking officers who may have a suspicious pattern of racial profiling in using stop-and-frisk tactics.
Last month, Quinn announced city lawmakers had reached a deal to install an inspector general to monitor the nation’s biggest police department following criticism over the NYPD’s stop and frisk policy and widespread surveillance of Muslims.
Bloomberg said he has no intention of announcing who he’s backing, leaving the door open to possibly change his mind before November.
City Council Speaker and Democratic mayoral candidate Christine Quinn announced last week that city lawmakers had reached a deal to install an inspector general to monitor the department.
Friday’s clash of the two political titans came as the mayor is furiously trying to derail a council bill to have an inspector general monitor one the of the Police Department’s signature crime fighting tools: stop and frisk.
“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,” Bloomberg said Wednesday.
The proposal has been championed by civil liberties advocates and others troubled by some of the department’s practices, including stop and frisk.
There’s a renewed push for New York City to follow most other major cities and set up an inspector general’s office to oversee police policies like stop-and-frisk. But, election year politics could play a big role, WCBS 880′s Alex Silverman reported.
Lander said the idea that an inspector general would bring politics to the police department is wrong, noting that IGs are common practice at government agencies.
The report says the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North workers are illegally idling their vehicles while working in the field.