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Former Manhattan DA Blasts Proposed NYPD Oversight

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Former Manhattan district attorney Robert Morgenthau is ripping the idea of an inspector general for the city's police department.

Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Morgenthau says police already have enough oversight, from local DAs to the U.S. Justice Department.

The inspector general would have the authority to recommend changes to NYPD policy, then send reports to the mayor, the City Council, and the police commissioner.

Morgenthau writes, "This would ensure that nothing gets done. Because everyone would have a small share of oversight responsibilities, no one would take full responsibility or have the power to enact policy changes."

The City Council is considering a bill to create an inspector general, but Mayor Michael Bloomberg has said he would veto the measure.

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