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Call to end ‘stop-and-frisk’

Call to end ‘stop-and-frisk’ - 1Cara MetzMulgrew, flanked by union and elected officials and activists, addresses the press. UFT President Michael Mulgrew joined civil rights activists and union and elected officials at a press conference at UFT headquarters on May 15 in calling for an end to the controversial stop-and-frisk policy employed by New York City law enforcement. Mulgrew stressed that UFT members desire safe school communities, but “when you tell us you are targeting young men of color in certain neighborhoods, we have a problem with it. What are we teaching our students about the fairness of the law?” The press conference was also held to announce a silent march on Father’s Day to protest stop-and-frisk. Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly laud the practice as a deterrent that has helped drop the city’s crime rate, but the New York Civil Liberties Union discovered that 42 percent of those stopped were minority males between 14 and 24 — who account for just 5 percent of the city’s population. “We are not against fighting crime, but it is a crime when 85 percent of the people stopped in a city are of color,” the Rev. Al Sharpton said. “It is a crime when you are targeted by race.” 

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