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NYC councilman wants independent police oversight

NEW YORK (AP) – A New York City councilman is calling for the creation of an inspector general’s office to oversee the police department.

Two lawyers with the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University called Monday for such an office in a New York Times opinion piece. Democratic City Councilman Brad Lander echoed them in an interview with news website Capital ( and says he’s working to formulate a proposal.

The opinion piece cited a movie shown to police trainees that critics say paints Muslims negatively. It also noted an Associated Press investigation that uncovered police surveillance of Muslims.

Police officials say the movie was shown by mistake and officers only follow leads.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has said the city won’t turn over control of the police department to an outside entity.

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