2:10 pm Oct. 10, 20121
At a City Council hearing this morning to consider four police reform bills, Helen Foster and Peter Vallone Jr., two Council members with very different opinions on proper police practices, offered an example of just how contentious the debate over stop-and-frisk can get.
After Vallone, the chairman of the Public Safety Committee and a supporter of stop-and-frisk, advised speakers to limit their remarks to the four bills at hand, Foster said that rule should apply to Vallone as well.
In response, Vallone said he had done just that, and suggested she may not have been in attendance to hear what exactly he had said. Later, he said, "I thought you were a professional."
"Peter, I don't work for you. I'm not one of your boys," Foster replied. "You will not talk to me like that."
Council Speaker Christine Quinn later stepped in and tried to temper emotions, but the fireworks had already gone off, leaving most of the spectators pretty shocked.
UPDATE: Here's the full Foster-Vallone exchange, which ends with Foster saying "if his father were an 88-year-old man who's being pulled over and being called 'boy' and 'fitting a description' then it would be different."
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