The New York City Police Department's stop-and-frisk policy continues to be a lightning-rod issue in the race for mayor, with some of his opponents accusing Bill de Blasio Tuesday of making false claims on the topic. NY1's Bobby Cuza filed the following report.
In a TV ad released Monday, a claim was made that Bill de Blasio is "the only candidate to end the stop-and-frisk era that targets minorities."
On Tuesday, his opponents took him to task.
"To say you're the only person to have a position, when you know it's not true, that's just not the right thing to do, and that's not leadership," said Democratic mayoral candidate Christine Quinn.
"That's just not true. That is a misstatement. That's a lie," said Democratic mayoral candidate William Thompson. "I think he needs to take that ad down."
Thompson, though, is now making his own claim: that he's the only candidate with a specific plan to reform stop-and-frisk.
Unveiled Tuesday, it includes a requirement that every person stopped receive a ticket explaining why they were targeted.
But de Blasio noted that just a few months ago, Thompson spoke of an overreaction to stop-and-frisk.
"For those statements, he won praise from no less than Rudy Giuliani," de Blasio said. "Now, I have never won praise from Rudy Giuliani, nor do I intend to win praise from Rudy Giuliani."
De Blasio, who on Tuesday announced the filing of a legal motion seeking to block the closure of Brooklyn's Interfaith Hospital, is standing by his ad.
De Blasio's claim appears to rest on the fact that he's the only candidate in support of two police oversight bills now before the City Council. One would create an NYPD inspector general, while the other would expand protections against racial profiling.
Quinn, picking up the endorsement of Planned Parenthood NYC's political arm Tuesday, noted that under her leadership, the Council will likely pass the inspector general bill, over the mayor's veto, later this week.
"The public advocate is good at finger-pointing. He's bad on delivering," Quinn said. "That's what we will do on Thursday."
The Republican candidates, meanwhile, are defending stop-and-frisk. Joined by his most high-profile supporter, former Governor George Pataki, John Catsimatidis on Tuesday called for the defeat of the two Council bills.
"The safety of our citizens are at stake," Catsimatidis said.