Skip to comments.Invoking Zimmerman, Thompson Seizes New York Frisking as Campaign Issue (NYC Mayor Candidate)
Posted on 07/29/2013 9:44:19 AM PDT by NotYourAverageDhimmi
William C. Thompson Jr., the sole African-American in this years New York City mayoral contest, rarely talks about race. In a city of flame-throwing orators, he has long favored a political path of conciliation over confrontation.
But on Sunday, Mr. Thompson arrived before a mostly black congregation in a storefront church and issued a fierce denunciation of the policies of the New York Police Department, saying they are drawn from the same racial suspicions that drove George Zimmerman to hunt down Trayvon Martin.
Here in New York City, we have institutionalized Mr. Zimmermans suspicion with a policy that all but requires our police officers to treat young black and Latino men with suspicion, to stop them and frisk them because of the color of their skin, Mr. Thompson said at the Abundant Life Church in the Prospect Heights section of Brooklyn.
The remarks, which were unusually soaring, provocative and personal, arrived at a crucial moment in the campaign: despite Mr. Thompsons presence in the race, black voters, sounding notes of forgiveness, have been strikingly receptive to the candidacy of former Congressman Anthony D. Weiner.
When Mr. Thompson first took the plexiglass lectern at the squat church filled with folding chairs shortly after 11 a.m., he acknowledged that delving into the sensitive subject of race was not my first or natural instinct. But he proceeded to put forth the most assertive address of the campaign on the polarizing issue of stop and frisk, a tactic heralded by the citys police as a lifesaving deterrent and assailed by a generation of black and Latino men as overused and abusive.
Of what Mr. Thompson said were the 600,000 blacks and Latinos stopped by the New York police in 2011, a vast majority were innocent, he said profiled as Trayvon was profiled.
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won’t have a prayer against the RENT IS TOO DAMNED HIGH guy
Young Black Men: 3% of the population. 50% of the murders.
Thompson cries, “14th Amendment Civil rights!”
FR cries, “4th and 5th Amendment Rights!”
Same hymnal, different hymn.
NYT says Thompson is losing to Weiner, citing “forgiveness”; no mention of continued welfare handouts by Weiner opposed to Thompson asking for some personal responsibility in the black population.
Thompson is a ‘D’ with a message that don’t maintain the plantation.
I guess Jimmy McMillan, the Rent is Too Damned High guy, doesn't count as an African-American. Maybe he is a white African American.
So he’s saying New Yorkers who defend themselves using a firearm will be exonerated? How else would he invoke Zimmerman?
NYC continues to be stuck on stupid.
I saw an episode of “30 Rock” (not trying to debate the value of that show) where she is stopped on the street by a cop who looks in her purse. What the hell? Are people walking down the street being frisked by cops in NYC? And how is that possibly constitutional?