The City Council is set to vote Thursday on whether to override Mayor Michael Bloomberg's veto of a pair of controversial bills to expand oversight of the NYPD — and supporters of the bills say they have the votes to do it.
Council Speaker Christine Quinn said the Council will likely have enough votes to override the Mayor’s veto of the controversial bills — one of which would expand the definition of racial profiling to make it easier to file lawsuits and a second that would install an inspector general to oversee the NYPD.
The bills came amid growing criticism of the department's use of the stop and frisk tactic. Both the mayor and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly say the bills make the city less safe and put officers at risk.
Although the bills passed by a veto-proof majority, Bloomberg said he would try to sway Council members to change their minds.