NEW YORK (AP) — As New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's tenure comes to a close, a backlash against street stops has added a tone-changing last chapter to the narrative of policing the city in the past 12 years.
A federal judge this month ordered a monitor to oversee sizable changes to the New York Police Department's stop-and-frisk policy. The City Council voted this week to make it easier to sue over profiling claims and established a watchdog to investigate police procedures, defying Bloomberg's vetoes.
He has signaled plans to appeal the court ruling and sue to try to block the profiling legislation, but those prospective challenges may not be resolved before he leaves.
Observers say it isn't clear whether this will be a footnote or a defining episode in the administration's public safety history.