NY City Council Overrides the Veto of The Community Safety Act

This week, the New York City Council voted to override Mayor Bloomberg’s veto of the Community Safety Act. NAACP President Ben Jealous considers this a victory, and a step in the right direction toward ending racial profiling:

This is a big day for New York City and America. 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.  As we move on to the March on Washington this weekend, we can do so knowing we have moved New York City and our nation one step closer to realizing Dr. King's dream.

The Community Safety Act is a bundle of legislation that bans racial and religious profiling, establishes an NYPD Inspector General Office, and provides greater protection against unlawful search and seizure.  The legislation was championed by Councilmembers Jumaane D. Williams and Brad Lander.

On Father’s Day 2012,  the NAACP, more than 50,000 civil and human right advocates and scores of outraged community members marched in silent solidarity down Fifth Avenue in New York City to bring attention to racial profiling and to protest the city’s abusive and discriminatory stop-and-frisk policing practice.