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Council Member Mark S. Weprin's Statement on Police Profiling Bill

Council Member Mark S. Weprin's Statement on Police Profiling Bill

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Council Member Weprin's July 1st statement in response to Mayor Bloomberg's offensive comments criticizing a recent City Council vote to ban bias-based policing.
Council Member Weprin's July 1st statement in response to Mayor Bloomberg's offensive comments criticizing a recent City Council vote to ban bias-based policing.

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Yuridia Peña · yuridia.pena@council.nyc.gov · (212) 788-6984
 
For Immediate Release
 
July 1, 2013
 
COUNCIL MEMBER MARK S. WEPRIN STATES HIS POSITION ONPOLICE PROFILING (STOP-AND-FRISK) BILL
 
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg is on a tear after the City Council’s passing
Introduction 1080, which would combat bias-based profiling by the New York CityPolice Department (NYPD).
The Mayor’s recent racially charged comments on theCity’s stop
-and-frisk record (that whites are stopped too often and minorities not often enough) are deeply offensive. No one who talks to New Yorkers from allcorners of the city and from every walk of life about relations between communities
and the NYPD could accept the Mayor’s comments as anything but a gross distortion
of reality.
 
A key point often missed in this discussion is that racial profiling is already illegal inNew York City. Introduction 1080 does not change that. Instead, it affirms the legal
basis for police action by making clear that a person’s race, religion, sexual
orientation, gender identity, or other characteristics cannot be the sole basis for astop. Before the fear-mongering crowds out the facts, New Yorkers should knowthat this measure does not alter crime-fighting tactics. The bill does not restrict police officers from engaging in lawful police activity that currently takes place, suchas pursuing a lead or using a physical description to pursue a suspect. Instead, it sends a clear message to communities across New York City that the NYPD willadhere to policies that advance significant law enforcement objectives.
 
Throughout my career, I have been a steadfast supporter of law enforcement. Iremember the days when New York City was torn apart by severe crime waves, andI think the NYPD deserves tremendous credit for helping to reduce crimedramatically over the past two decades. I
will not stand for New York City’s sliding
back even one inch toward its high-crime past.
 
At the same time, I represent the most ethnically diverse district in the City of NewYork, one that comprises seventy percent people of color. Every day I hear from

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