Union leader to candidate: ‘Support it as a tool’

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It's not common that a union leader tells a politician what to say in front of a live microphone and television cameras.

But look here, toward the end of this clip from NY1 from a press conference yesterday at which Councilwoman and Democratic congressional candidate Elizabeth Crowley was asked if she supported the NYPD's stop-and-frisk policy.

Crowley, at first, doesn't answer the question, saying that the public should have some "gratitude" for the work that police do.

"So, you do or don't support it as a policy," NY1 reporter Courtney Gross asks her.

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Then the president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association Pat Lynch, who endorsed Crowley, whispers, "Support it as a tool."

Crowley then asks for the question to be repeated, and says, "I believe our police officers stop when they suspect that, you know, there is somebody that is up to, you know, no good, sort of say."