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Councilman Williams: Bloomberg's speech reaches "lowest possible bar" with police reforms

There were plenty of things Mayor Michael Bloomberg wasn't going to address in his speech. The past year hasn't been a great one for the NYPD, and it was safe to assume Bloomberg would stay away from issues of police abuse in his State of the City address.

But that doesn't mean other city elected officials were happy about it.

[T]he only fleeting mention of police accountability was a line about increasing staffing at the Commission to Combat Police Corruption; while this is positive, it represents the lowest possible bar for which he could have reached," said City Councilman Jumaane Williams in a statement. "There was nothing on stop, question and frisk, nothing on surveillance of Muslim communities, nothing on anything of real substance to this crucial conversation.

"Make no mistake, this is a direct slap in the face to over half of New York City and its City Council."

Williams has been a vocal critic of NYPD procedures and actions since being arrested back in the summer during the West Indian Day Parade in Brooklyn. In his statement, he did go on to praise the Mayor for two specific portions of his speech: his support for raising the minimum wage and the Dream Act.