NAACP Calls Bloomberg Lawsuit Defending Stop-and-Frisk “Dangerous and Divisive”

(New York City) – The NAACP released the following statement in response to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s decision to file a lawsuit to block the Community Safety Act.

From Benjamin Todd Jealous, President and CEO of the NAACP

“This appeal is divisive and dangerous,” stated NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous.  “Mayor Bloomberg needs to focus on protecting citizens, not dividing them. New York City and its children will be safer when the mayor accepts what the Constitution requires: race, religion, or LGBT status are not grounds for reasonable suspicion. “

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

"The City Council enacted necessary measures to bring an end the racial profiling program that flourished under the Bloomberg Administration," stated Hazel N. Dukes, President of the NAACP New York State Conference. "We believe the Community Safety Act is valid, legal and needed to defend against stop-and-frisk abuses. 

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