New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg sued the City Council Tuesday in an attempt to block a bill that would allow citizens to file lawsuits against the NYPD for its use of the controversial stop-and-frisk policy.
The City Council overrode Bloomberg’s vetoes last month to make it easier to file profiling claims against officers and impose new checks on the New York Police Department, NBC News reported.
A judge ruled last month that police officers in New York City violated citizens’ constitutional rights by targeting mostly minority residents in the stop-and-frisk policy. Critics say it is unproductive and institutionalized racial profiling.
Bloomberg wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post defending the policy, saying, “when it comes to policing, political correctness is deadly.”
The policy has become a critical issue in New York City’s mayoral race. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who is hoping to become New York’s first openly gay mayor, called the controversial policy “out of control.”