NAACP Applauds New York City Council for Passing Community Safety Act

(New York City) –The NAACP released the following statements in response to the New York City Council’s overnight vote passing the Community Safety Act, a set of bills designed to curb racial profiling.

From Benjamin Todd Jealous, President and CEO, NAACP:

“This morning the Council took a major step towards reining in racial profiling in New York City,” stated NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous.  “Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Kelly have taken Giuliani's misguided Stop, Question and Frisk program to new heights.  The Council acted to restore sanity and safety to the streets of New York City and the lives of hundreds and thousands of young people.”

 From Hazel N. Dukes, President, NAACP New York State Conference:

“Today marks a great victory for the city of New York and in the fight to end abusive and discriminatory practices by the New York Police Department,” said Hazel N. Dukes, President of the NAACP New York State Conference. “We thank the City Council for courageously standing up for the civil and human rights of the people of this great city.”

On Father’s Day 2012,  the NAACP and over 50,000 civil and human right advocates and outraged community members marched today in silent solidarity down Fifth Avenue in New York City to bring attention to the racial profiling and to protest the city’s abusive and discriminatory stop-and-frisk policing practice.

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