Noreen O’Donnell rawstory.com NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday vetoed two measures meant to curb the city’s controversial stop-and-frisk policing policy, setting up a likely showdown with the City Council. Bloomberg called the bills dangerous and irresponsible and said they would make the city less safe. One measure would create an independent inspector general to monitor the New York City Police Department. The other would expand the definition of racial profiling and allow people who believe they have been profiled to sue police in state court. Bloomberg has defended the policy of stopping, questioning and frisking suspected wrongdoers to fight crime. Opponents of stop-and-frisk, among them minority groups, civil libertarians and some of the Democratic mayoral candidates, have said police officers disproportionately target young black and Hispanic men. Each of the measures, together called the Community Safety Act, passed the 51-member City Council with the two-thirds majority necessary to override a veto. City Council members who back the measures vowed to override Bloomberg’s vetoes.
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