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Bloomberg To Veto Inspector General for NYPD

March 20, 2013  | 

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg blasted a City Council rival's plan to install an inspector general to provide greater oversight of the New York Police Department.

"Make no mistake about it: This bill jeopardizes that progress and will put the lives of New Yorkers and our police officers at risk," Bloomberg told the Associated Press.

At a Tuesday election forum, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said the plan would likely pass the council. Quinn, who is running for mayor, promised to override Bloomberg's veto on Wednesday.

Quinn and other city leaders have echoed the ACLU's criticism of the NYPD's stop-and-frisk stops and Muslim surveillance program. The plan would create the new inspector general position and empower the role with subpoena power.

Bloomberg and police officials have said the department has plenty of oversight from the 700-person Internal Affairs Bureau as well as a civilian complaint board, reports the New York Times.

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