De Blasio Drops Another Bloomberg Lawsuit, This Time Against Racial-Profiling Law

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10:  New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio gives the State of the City address at La Guardia Community College on February 10, 2014 in the Long Island City section of the Queens borough of New York City. In his first address as Mayor of New York, de Blasio plans to outline his vision for fighting the widening income inequality gap and intends to urge lawmakers to raise the minimum wage.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
Photo: John Moore/2014 Getty Images

A law expanding the rights of New Yorkers to sue for bias profiling by police, passed last year over Michael Bloomberg's veto, will stand, Mayor de Blasio announced today. The new administration is abandoning the old one's attempt to fight the law, which allows plaintiffs to sue the NYPD in state court for "injunctive relief," i.e., changes to department policy, not money.

"There is absolutely no contradiction in protecting the public safety of New Yorkers and respecting their civil liberties. In fact, those two priorities must go hand-in-hand," said de Blasio in a statement. "No New Yorker should ever face discrimination based on the color of his or her skin. We are going to be explicit in setting fair and effective standards that prevent bias in any form." That, of course, includes stop-and-frisk, the subject of a separate Bloomberg suit dropped earlier this year by de Blasio.