Bloomberg on the press as NYPD monitor, and women in ‘sporty’ wear

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The City Council is considering a bill that would create an independent monitor for the NYPD, which has been under increasing scrutiny for its use of stop-and-frisk.

Today, the mayor argued that the NYPD is already subject to intense scrutiny, saying that in addition to the city's district attorneys, federal prosecutors and the Civilian Complaint Review Board, there's also the press.

"Plus remember, most news organizations have a full-time reporter following the police department, and in some cases more than one," said Bloomberg during his regular Friday morning appearance on the John Gambling Show. "There's no other agency that has that."

"This is just, if you don't like police, and you don't want to go after the bad guys, I suppose you do this as a smokescreen or something," he continued.

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Unrelated, Gambling also asked Bloomberg about a new bill that would penalize taxi and livery car drivers who knowingly take part in the sex trade.

The law has been construed by some—notably the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers' Fernando Mateo—as threatening the ability of scantily clad women to hail cabs, an argument to which, at least at first, the mayor was sympathetic.

"I will say that just in reading the headline, and I started to think for a second, you know, if I were a young lady and I dressed in a sporty way, or however you want to phrase it, and there's nothing wrong with that—maybe it's not appropriate to go to the workplace, but at night, sometimes sure, why not?—and I would not want somebody thinking that I'm a prostitute."

"No, of course not, nor should they be given the job of determining [that]," said Gambling.

"Right, well that's another thing," said Bloomberg.

A few minutes later, the mayor revised his take on the matter.

"Before I forget, I just checked, and this taxi bill for prostitutes, it only applies for a second offense, if the driver had been convicted of participating, soliciting, whatever, and he's got to do it knowingly, or he or she has got to do it knowingly," he said.