John Liu provokes a stop-and-frisk backlash from Bill Thompson
John Liu created the most attention-grabbing moment from last night's mayoral forum in Brooklyn when he made a point of asking Bill Thompson to join him in calling for a total ban on the NYPD's stop-and-frisk policy.
Liu had previously called for a ban on the practice, making him the only major candidate from either party to support a complete end to stop-and-frisk. But the timing of last night's reiteration of that position, and of his challenge to Thompson to match him, was no accident.
The event was held in a black church in Queens and Thompson, like every other Democratic mayoral candidate, has called for more restricted use of stop-and-frisk.
Liu is positioning himself as the most anti-Bloomberg of the Democratic candidates, and he takes advantage of all available opportunities to highlight that point, opposing the mayor's health initiatives, for example, with the same characteristic relentlessness with which he goes after the administration's policing policies.
But his discussion of the topic last night also got personal, thanks to Liu.
Stop-and-frisk disproportionately affects young black and Latino males, and Thompson often talks about needing to tell his 15-year-old son what to do if he's stopped by police, explaining to audiences that he has to have this conversation because he and his son are black.
"Every time you talk about your 15-year-old, I feel terrible," said Liu. "Bill, I want you to join me [in calling for a ban on stop-and-frisk] because I feel lonely."
Thompson, normally even-tempered, responded strongly.
"I'm the one who has to worry about my son being stopped and frisked. I'm the one who has to worry about my son being shot in the streets of New York. I'm the one who has to worry," he said.
Later, he added, "And at the same point, I don't have to sacrifice his constitutional rights to make sure he is safe. I don't have to sacrifice. I can have them both."
Another notable moment came when City Council Speaker Christine Quinn appeared to take a step away from her allies Mayor Michael Bloomberg and NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly, saying she did not believe the overall number of stop-and-frisks "correlate" with the reduction in crime.
Bloomberg and Kelly have said that cutting back on stop-and-frisk would trigger a rise in the crime rate.
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Bill Thompson's fist-pounding moment at last night's debate. [Azi Paybarah]
Christine Quinn said the numbers of stop-and-frisks conducted does not "correlate" with the reduction of crime in New York City. [Azi Paybarah]
John Liu said he wanted to be mayor since first getting elected as comptroller. [Azi Paybarah]
A long-shot City Council candidate in one race paid for a robocall attacking a fringe candidate running in a different race. [Azi Paybarah]
Bill de Blasio pre-emptively accused Quinn of trying to water down the NYPD inspector general bill. [Azi Paybarah]
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