Stop and frisk, Kimani Gray shooting at heart of NYPD Inspector General debate

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The NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy – and the department’s reputation in general – is under fire in church community rooms and on the streets.

Wednesday night’s “Stop and Frisk Town Hall Meeting” in Bed-Stuy Brooklyn – sponsored by City Comptroller and mayoral candidate John Liu — was essentially framed around the question of whether the NYPD requires additional oversight.

“The mayor is going to have whatever position he’s going to have, and I’m going to have whatever position I’m going to have,” said Quinn.

Council Speaker Christine Quinn – after months of remaining neutral, is now opposing her powerful ally in City Hall.  She is running for mayor after all, and says the NYPD could certainly use a proposed Inspector General.

“I think it is an important, additional monitoring device for the police department,” added Quinn.

The NYPD and City Hall are in lockstep when it comes to their position on more oversight.

They’re flat out against it.

Mayor Bloomberg said, “That’s not an Inspector General; that’s a policy supervisor, and I don’t think any rational person would say we need two competing police commissioners. There would be questions in the ranks of police officers about who is really in charge – and whose policies they should follow.”

Councilman Jumaane Williams, who sponsored the set of bills that include the proposed Inspector General position, says the public deserves to have another set of eyes watching the NYPD.

Williams say the position is as much about policy oversight as it is about improving the public’s perception of the department. “The entire community safety act is about providing accountability and helping people’s perception of the nypd when it comes to accountability”, said Williams.