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After months of lobbying by the mayor, the City Council voted to rein in the N.Y.P.D.’s Stop Question and Frisk policy.The Council voted to override the mayor’s veto of a bill to create an inspector general who will oversee all police practices and policies including stop and frisk. And in a very close vote they voted 34 to 15 to override the mayor’s veto of a bill that would make it easier for people to sue if they feel they have been racially profiled. The 34 votes were exactly the number needed for the override.
Alfredo Carrasquillo of the Bronx applauded the results telling PIX 11 he’s been stopped far too many times. ” It is an historic moment overall and a great step forward.”
Throughout the long battle over the tactic that the mayor and police commissioner have said is necessary to drive down the crime numbers. Murders have fallen from more than 2000 per year before the policy was instituted under Rudy Guiliani to 414 in 2012.
In a statement the mayor said, “… the City council adopted legislation that will make it harder for our police officers to protect New Yorkers and continue to drive down crime. Make no mistake: the communities that will feel the most negative impacts of these bills will be minority communities across our city….” but people like Alfredo say it’s time for the community and police to work together instead of being at odds.
“Old fashion policing I want to be able to walk down my block and know the officers first and last name and know he’s there for me and he’s my friend.”But it’s far to early to tell if the council’s actions and a judge’s recent decision deeming stop and frisk unconstitutional will really change how officers decide who they stop question and frisk. An officer could simply say he saw a bulge that was suspicious allowing him to make the stop.
Under the new measures the inspector general will be appointed after the next mayor takes office at the beginning of next year.