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Mayor Bloomberg: New NYPD oversight jeopardizes city safety

The City Council voted Thursday to create an outside watchdog for the nation's biggest police department and make it easier for people to file profiling claims against it, overriding Mayor Michael Bloomberg's vetoes and prompting him to say the city's safety is being jeopardized.Bloomberg said the new oversight at the New York Police Department 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, which have been the greatest beneficiaries of New York City's historic crime reductions," he said in a statement.Proponents see the legislation as a check on a police force that's come under scrutiny for its heavy use of a tactic known as stop and frisk and its extensive surveillance of Muslims, which was revealed in stories by The Associated Press.Cheers and applause burst out in the packed spectators' gallery ...

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