NAACP president calls council members ‘heroic’
Praises override vote on NYPD tactics
The 34 City Council members who voted to override Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s veto of the Community Safety Act – legislation that creates an inspector general to monitor the New York Police Department – performed a heroic act, the president of the NAACP said Thursday.
Benjamin Todd Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP, said the vote marked a turning point for New York. “This is the beginning of the end of our democracy tolerating police using race, ethnicity, LGBT-status, or faith as a substitute for reasonable suspicion. We are thankful to the 34 City Council members who heroically stood up for the American ideals of freedom and justice, and stood together in the face of fact-defying and fear-mongering by the mayor and commissioner,” he said.
Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly had charged that the legislation, aimed at stopping the controversial stop-and-frisk policy, would result in crime increases because cop’s hands would be tied.
The council vote, which took place on Thursday, drew a flurry of reaction from elected officials and candidates.