NYCLU: Mayor Owes New Yorkers Real Discourse on Stop-and-Frisk

July 15, 2012 —  In response to comments made this morning by Mayor Bloomberg at the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York, the New York Civil Liberties Union issued the following statement. It is attributable to NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman.

"It's a lot easier to trash the NYCLU than to acknowledge the widespread dissatisfaction the community feels with an NYPD that acts like it's above the law and accountable to no one."

"Today, more than 1,800 New Yorkers will be stopped and frisked by NYPD officers. Tomorrow, more than 1,800 New Yorkers will be stopped and frisked by NYPD officers. The day after that, more than 1,800 New Yorkers will be stopped and frisked by NYPD officers. Every day this year, more than 1,800 New Yorkers will be stopped and frisked by NYPD officers."

"This is not about an argument between the mayor and the NYCLU. This is about the humiliation, frustration and disrespect felt by New Yorkers from communities of color every day as they are subject to the mayor's stop-and-frisk regime. This is about the corrosive impact these unconstitutional practices have on the relationship between the police and the community they serve. This is about the need for policing practices that keep all of New York City's communities safe while respecting the fundamental rights and liberties of every person, young and old, black and brown."