Schools Chancellor Walcott Was Stopped By Police But Still Supports Frisks
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As Mayor Michael Bloomberg defends the NYPD's stop-and-frisk policy, Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott also backed the practice Monday but said he was stopped last year by police but not frisked.
The chancellor says he's seen the benefits of the program in his community.
He says 37 guns were taken off the streets in his neighborhood precinct in Queens this year.
But he also had some criticism.
"When I was stopped I went through a variety of different thought processes, as far as being stopped," Walcott said. "One, that I was stopped near my home, in my precinct, and I said they're doing their job. The police are doing their job to keep me and my family safe. What I didn't particularly care for were some of the types of discussions that took place between me and the police. And that was dealt with."
In a speech Sunday at a church in Brownsville, Brooklyn, the mayor said the city will not walk away from the practice, but will work to make sure stops are done correctly.