NEW YORK — The City Council has passed a package of bills aimed at reforming the New York City Police Department.
One of the measures clears the way for people to sue the department over allegations of unreasonable search and seizure, or excessive force.
Another calls on the state legislature to remove final disciplinary action from the police commissioner, including whether or not an officer should be fired.
That final authority would be given to the Civilian Complaint Review Board.
Police would also be required to keep track of the race and ethnicity of drivers who are stopped for traffic infractions.
And another measure calls on Albany to require new officers to live within the five boroughs.
Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to sign the bills when they reach his desk.
Meanwhile, the city's police unions are not happy with the proposed reforms.
The detective's endowment association and PBA say the outcome of the policies will mean skyrocketing violence that will put communities and officers in danger.