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The City Council overrode mayoral vetoes to create a watchdog for the police department, making it easier for people to file profiling lawsuits against the NYPD’s use of its stop and frisk tactic. Two layers of oversight were given to the NYPD in two weeks, that are intended to balance the force’s culture of aggressive crime prevention tactics with the civil liberties of the New Yorker’s they have sworn to protect.

“Today marks a monumental civil rights victory for New Yorkers,” Councilmen Jumaane Williams and Brad Lander, the legislation’s sponsors, said in a statement.

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