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City Council overrides Bloomberg veto of NYPD oversight bills

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Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2013 2:42 pm | Updated: 5:22 pm, Thu Aug 22, 2013.

UPDATE: The two bills were passed by the same vote counts as on the procedural motions. The mayor immediately issued a statement saying they endanger the war crime, while supporters, such as the NAACP, issued statements commending the council for standing up for freedom and justice.

The City Council voted to move both bills that comprise the Community Safety Act onto the floor for a final override vote on Thursday. The members gathered at 1:45 p.m. to conduct procedural votes on the proposals designed to restrain the NYPD's stop-and-frisk policy that would appoint an inspector general to oversee the department and allow individuals who feel they have been racially profiled to pursue legal action — not for monetary gain.

The vote to move the inspector general bill was 39-10, and it was 34-15 for the racial profiling bill. Mayor Bloomberg vetoed both bills on July 23. While it appears the inspector general bill will pass through the City Council stated meeting without a hitch, a switch of only one vote would keep the racial profiling bill from being written into law.

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