Bloomberg Turns Down Police Bill Outrage After Veto Override

Stop-and-frisk critics celebrate after the City Council voted to override vetoes. (Photo: Getty)

Stop-and-frisk critics celebrate after the City Council voted to override vetoes. (Photo: Getty)

As the City Council debated the merits of two bills designed to curtail the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy, Mayor Michael Bloomberg seethed anger and declared that more New Yorkers would die every year if implemented.

But the morning after the chamber overrode his two vetoes against the legislation? An unusually sedate Mr. Bloomberg reiterated that there would be serious consequences but then rhetorically shrugged.

“The fact that they overrode the video wasn’t a surprise,” he said. “It’s election year politicking rather than common sense in terms of right for the city. And the next mayor is going to have to deal with whatever laws there are.”

As for the two pieces of legislation themselves, Mr. Bloomberg calmly dismissed them. “There’s no reason for the bill,” he said of the one that expands the definition of police profiling, pointing to an existing ban on racial profiling. “We believe we have a very good case in court that state law is what determines criminal procedures and not city law.” (Bill sponsor Brad Lander disputes this claim.)

Even after WOR host John Gambling noted that some of the Democrats vying to replace him backed the override, Mr. Bloomberg actually sympathized with their position–instead of accusing them of having blood on their hands.

“I don’t know. You got to ask them,” he said. “Once again, we’re in the middle of an election. I think each candidate has to say what they want to say and appeal for votes. I’m not unmindful of that.”

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