Despite a lawsuit filed by the Bloomberg administration Tuesday to block a new law allowing New Yorkers to sue for biased-based profiling in state court, the stance of the city's major mayoral candidates on the New York Police Department's controversial stop-and-frisk practice remains varied, including those who want the practice to end, those who want to mend it and those who want it to remain as is. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report.
In Brownsville, a young black man says he has experienced stop-and-frisk.
"Yeah, plenty of times. Just coming in and out, just going to the store, just going back in," the man said.
Stop-and-frisk is perhaps the most dominant topic on the mayoral campaign trail.
Even as crime under Mayor Michael Bloomberg is at record lows, the practice has been under fire.
It was just found unconstitutional by a federal judge last month.
Almost all of the Democratic candidates want to change it, though these positions are nuanced.
"Unconstitutional stop-and-frisk will have to end," said Christine Quinn.
While Quinn wants an inspector general to oversee the New York City Police Department, she does not support a measure to open up state courts to biased-based profiling lawsuits.
Bill de Blasio supports both measures. He also wants a new police commissioner.
"You can't be in favor of fairness in policing and vote against a ban on racial profiling," de Blasio said.
Quinn is the only Democratic candidate who wants to keep Ray Kelly.
William Thompson's position requires more clarification. He doesn't support either an inspector general or the profiling bill. He calls them bureaucratic and argues that his administration can eliminate profiling on its own.
"It is in the training. It is in eliminating the quotas that they're established right now," Thompson said.
Anthony Weiner said he'll force cops to wear cameras, and John Liu is the only candidate who wants to get rid of stop-and-frisk altogether.
Now all the leading Democratic candidates for mayor cite community policing as a way to curb the number of stop-and-frisk occurrences, saying that police officers can work with residents to keep crime down.
The leading Republican candidates, meanwhile, defend stop-and frisk, calling it an effective policing tool.
Joseph Lhota adds a caveat, saying he would require more training for police officers.