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Senators Urge NY Police Oversight

Published: 11/02/2012 01:20:13 PM GMT
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CAIRO - Three Democratic senators have proposed a bill calling for appointing an independent inspector to oversee the New York City Police Department t (more)

CAIRO - Three Democratic senators have proposed a bill calling for appointing an independent inspector to oversee the New York City Police Department to prevent repeated abuses that have damaged the reputation of America's largest police force, New York Times reported.

“An effective inspector general could play an important role in identifying concerns and making recommendations for change,” said Donna Lieberman, the executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union.

The bill was proposed by Sens. Kevin Parker, Eric Adams and Bill Perkins of New York City who are frequent critics of police dealings with minorities has little chance of passage.

It follows stories by The Associated Press that detailed monitoring of Muslims, a tactic decried as religious profiling.

The bill also targets "stop-and-frisk, the treatment of the Occupy Wall Street protesters, and the wholesale surveillance of the Muslim community in New York City and other jurisdictions."

Though the NYPD's operating rules prohibit it from basing investigations on religion, the recent complains urged a better supervision of the department's activities.

Ms. Lieberman said that there had recently been “an alarming parade of scandals involving the NYPD,” which demonstrates “a clear need for meaningful oversight of NYPD practices and policies.”

New York is home to some 800,000 Muslims, about 10 percent of the city's population. There are about 100 mosques throughout New York's five boroughs.

The United States is home to an estimated Muslim minority of six to eight million.


Lacking essential support by the Republican majority, the Senate bill was not expected to move forward.

"The department already has an aggressive and independent Internal Affairs Bureau, a unit that has been greatly strengthened and enhanced under Commissioner Kelly," said Marc LaVorgna, Mayor Michael Bloomberg spokesman, Miami Herald reported.

"We also have five independently elected district attorneys, two United States attorneys, the Civilian Complaint Review Board and the Commission to Combat Police Corruption all with eyes on the department."

The New York Police have been in the eye of storm over a series of spying scandals on the Muslim minority in the city.

Last month, the NYPD sparked a heated controversy after revelations that it used a video screening accusing Muslims of launching a holy war on the West as a training material for its officers.

The film, “The Third Jihad: Radical Islam's Vision for America”, claims that "the true agenda of much of Muslim leadership here in America" is to "infiltrate and dominate America."

The film sparked charges of a cover-up and calls for NYPD Commissioner Kelly and Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne to resign.

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