GOP congressmen demand Dem apology over vote ‘against’ NYPD

May 14, 2012


New York City’s two Republican congressional representatives are calling on Democrats to apologize for backing an amendment that effectively rebuked the New York Police Department over its controversial counterterrorism tactics.

Republican Reps. Peter King and Bob Turner called the vote a “shameful surrender to political correctness.”

The proposal, which failed this past Wednesday on a mostly party-line vote, would have prohibited funding for law enforcement organizations engaged in unconstitutional or unlawful discrimination. Rep. Rush Holt, D-N.J., the sponsor, made clear on the House floor that the measure was aimed at the NYPD.

Holt cited the “disturbing stories” written by the Associated Press about the department’s “profiling” of Arab-Americans in New York City and the surrounding region. Holt said communities were infiltrated “simply because they were Muslim,” while suggesting the department’s programs marked an “unthinking, lazy, unprofessional approach” to police work.

“Further, concern over these tactics is bipartisan,” Holt told in a statement. “New Jersey’s Republican governor, Chris Christie, has said that reports of the NYPD’s extrajurisdictional spying are ‘disturbing.’ Sixteen of Mr. King’s Republican colleagues joined many Democrats last week in expressing concern over the use of religious profiling.”

In a joint statement released Saturday by King and Turner, the congressmen rejected Holt’s words and condemned Democrats for supporting the amendment — the measure failed on a 232-193 vote, with mostly Democrats supporting it.

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