Peter Zimroth, new federal monitor of stop-and-frisk, supported City Council police oversight bill

Peter Zimroth, right, was appointed by a federal judge to oversee reforms to the NYPD's controversial practive fo stop-and-frisk.  Credit: Getty Images
Peter Zimroth was appointed by a federal judge to oversee reforms to the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk practice.
Credit: Getty Images

Peter Zimroth, appointed by a federal judge to independently monitor stop-and-frisk in the city Monday, previously expressed his support of a City Council measure to create an inspector general for the NYPD.

The position “will strengthen our security, improve the NYPD’s relations with communities throughout the city and improve the work of the NYPD,” Zimroth and two other lawyers wrote to City Council Speaker Christine Quinn in March.

Zimroth is now charged with overseeing stop-and-frisk reform ordered by federal Judge Shira Scheindlin, who ruled Monday that the controversial practice was unconstitutional in its current state.

A private attorney with Arnold & Porter, Zimroth has tried both jury and nonjury cases and argued appeals in every level of state and federal court during his long career.

Before going into private practice, Zimroth was the city’s chief legal officer for Mayor Ed Koch from 1987 to 1989. During that time, he contributed to reforms of the city’s campaign finance rules.

In the letter to Quinn, Zimroth, along with Frederick Schwartz and Victor Kovner, said the police department is a “highly professional agency with a proud history and a strong record fighting crime in the city.”

“But we also believe that it is vital to have an external mechanism to review, analyze and provide advice on police practices, policies and procedures,” the group wrote.

The bill creating an inspector general was passed by the City Council in June, but was vetoed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in July. Quinn has vowed the council will override the veto.

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