NEW YORK — Dozens of demonstrators [organized by Make the Road NY] lined up near City Hall to protest the police department's stop, question and frisk policy.
The protesters sang along with musicians playing guitar as microphones amplified the sound on Broadway in downtown Manhattan Wednesday. The group says the policy unfairly targets black and Hispanic men.
The police stopped more than 500,000 people last year, mostly minorities, with about 10 percent of the stops resulting in arrests.
Department officials say the policy is a life-saving, necessary crime-fighting tool, especially in communities disproportionately affected by crime and especially among young men of color who last year represented 90 percent of murder victims and 96 percent of shooting victims in the city.
Since the November NYC elections, MRNY members have been hard at work setting the agenda for our next mayor, City Council and citywide elected officials.
We kicked off "Talking Transition" with a low-wage worker forum and our attorneys have been staffing a Single Stop clinic around the clock at the Transition tent.
Recently, our youth joined the Transitions conversation to bring education and police reform issues into the spotlight for the new elected officials. 17-year-old youth leader Cheyanne Smith was also profiled in the New York Times for her leadership to make NYC schools more respectful, safe, and dignified places for learning.