Council overrides vetoes of NYPD oversight bills

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NEW YORK (AP) The New York City Council has voted to pass bills that will create an outside watchdog for the nation's biggest police department and make it easier for people to file profiling claims against it, overriding mayoral vetoes.

The lawmakers voted Thursday on the new oversight at the New York Police Department.

Proponents see the legislation as a check on a police force that's come under scrutiny for its heavy use of a tactic known as stop and frisk and its extensive surveillance of Muslims, which was revealed in stories by The Associated Press.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg had vetoed the legislation as unnecessary. He says it will jeopardize the city's safety. The lawmakers overruled him.

A federal judge recently ruled the NYPD discriminated against minorities with its stop and frisk program and ordered a monitor to oversee changes.