Council speaker: Agreement reached on NYPD IG plan

Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn says city lawmakers have reached "broad agreement" on a plan to create an inspector general to oversee the New York Police Department.

Quinn announced the agreement Tuesday. The proposal has been championed by civil liberties advocates and others troubled by some of the department's practices. They include widespread spying on Muslims, as illuminated by a series of stories by The Associated Press, and the extensive use of the tactic known as stop and frisk.

Police had no immediate comment. Details of the plan and how soon it might get a vote weren't immediately known.

Proponents say an inspector general could build public confidence. The city administration has said the police department already gets enough oversight from a civilian complaint board and other entities.

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