Monday, February 18, 2013

'Repair the damage you have done': NAACP chief calls on Mayor Bloomberg to go back on stop-and-frisk policy before he leaves office

Benjamin Jealous, NAACP president, addressed the Nazarene Congregational Church in Bedford-Stuyvesant to 'stand up' and fight against racial profiling.


























NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous denounces Mayor Bloomberg's police stop & frisk policy in a sermon at Nazarene Congregational Church in Bedford Stuyvesant. , 506 MacDonough street. Sunday, February 17, 2013 (photo Debbie Egan-Chin/New York Daily News).

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NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous denounces Mayor Michael Bloomberg's stop-and-frisk policy in a sermon at Nazarene Congregational Church in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

The head of the NAACP took the pulpit of a Brooklyn church on Sunday to demand that Mayor Bloomberg end the controversial stop-and-frisk program before his term ends.
“Mayor Bloomberg, I ask you, before you leave, repair the damage you have done,” pleaded NAACP President Benjamin Jealous. Addressing about 100 worshipers at Nazarene Congregational Church in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Jealous called for New Yorkers to “stand up” and tell the mayor, “There is no place for racial profiling.”
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A young congregrant, 5-year-old Christopher Griffith, sat in the church while Jealous addressed the issue of racial profiling by the NYPD.

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In his State of the City address last week, Bloomberg defended the police tactic, saying politics must never trump public safety. “I understand innocent people don’t like to be stopped and frisked — but innocent people don’t like to be shot and killed either,” he said.
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Jealous with Pastor Conrad Tilden (right) denounces Mayor Bloomberg's controversial police policy in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

Jealous said the mayor was preaching fear — and churchgoers like Linette Griffin, 56, agreed.
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Griffin said her two teenage sons avoid cops. “They should respect police officers, and instead they walk around in fear,” she said.
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