The New York City Police Department’s broad surveillance methods will end if Bill de Blasio is elected mayor, the Democratic candidate told Muslim supporters on Wednesday.
“The efforts of surveillance have to be based on specifically specific information, and obviously you need to go through a careful vetting process,” de Blasio said at a rally in Brooklyn, WCBS-AM reports.
De Blasio, who is heading into the Nov. 5 general election ahead of Republican Joe Lhota in the polls, said follow-up surveillance tactics would be based only on specific leads.
The department, under him, also would be overseen by a new inspector general, de Blasio said.
“Not only are we going to be safe, but we’re going to be safe in a manner that is, again, consistent with our values and our constitution,” the candidate said.
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