Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota has blasted City Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s plan to implement a NYPD inspector general, calling her actions “reckless and dangerous.”
Lhota said an inspector general would “handcuff” the NYPD and called on Quinn to withdraw her support for the bill, The Daily News reports.
He told reporters that the NYPD has enough oversight, and that adding an inspector general would be reckless behavior at a time when there has been a recent uptick in certain crimes.
A spokesman for Quinn said Lhota does not know what he is talking about.
“The bill that the speaker supports will do nothing — not one thing — to limit the Police Department’s ability to do their job,” said spokesman Jamie McShane.
Lhota also said he would not alter the department’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy, but that police officers should have more training when it came to the practice.