An NYPD oversight bill in the City Council has a Republican supporter

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City Hall and the New York Police Department are trying to show an increased responsiveness to complaints about the department's controversial stop-and-frisk program, telling the Wall Street Journal about new meetings the NYPD commissioner is conducting with clergy members and other critics.

The move may not be enough to molify critics who say the NYPD needs more oversight.

As a reader points out, a bill to create an Inspector General's office to oversee and investigate alleged wronging by the police department has picked up its first Republican sponsor: City Councilman Dan Halloran of Queens, who, like several members of his family, is a former member of the NYPD.

The bill was introduced on June 13 by Jumaane Williams, Brad Lander and 18 other Democrats. A copy of the bill posted on the 13th did not include Halloran's name. A Council spokesman said Halloran signed onto the legislation that day. 

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In 2010, Halloran videotaped a police officer who, he said, sped through a red light and tried covering it up by writing someone else a ticket.