“Stop And Frisk” needs to be mended, not ended New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg told a predominately Black church in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, the New York Post reports.
“Police officers make stops in Brownsville and East New York not because of race — it is because of crime,” Bloomberg told worshippers at the First Baptist Church in Brownsville.
“Brownsville and East New York remain two of the highest-crime areas in our city,” he said.
(The New York Times has written on the gang issues in the neighborhood)
The controversial program by which police officers have the right to stop and question anyone they deem suspicious or carrying a weapon has been blasted as racial profiling by critics. Dr. Cornel West and 19 others were convicted in May of disorderly conduct for protesting the controversial program.
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New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly was also at the service where he said that the policy saves lives, especially for Blacks and Latinos who make up more than 90 percent of the murder victims. Mayor Bloomberg agreed.