Jumaane Williams Thanks Quinn for Criticizing NYPD Stop-And-Frisk Policy

jumaane williams fb Jumaane Williams Thanks Quinn for Criticizing NYPD Stop And Frisk Policy

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The Wall Street Journal reported today that City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, a top-tier mayoral contender in 2013, penned a letter to NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly criticizing the police’s “stop-and-frisk” policy. In the letter, Ms. Quinn wrote that the policy “has been carried out in a way that has sewn distrust in communities of color.”

This afternoon, one of the most prominent opponents of the stop-and-frisk policy, Councilman Jumaane Williams, sent out a statement cheering Ms. Quinn on.

“I thank Speaker Quinn for sending this letter; it is a hopeful step forward for the police accountability movement. This is a focus on getting safer streets and better policing for all New Yorkers,” he said. “We need reform because a system that promotes or permits discriminatory justice benefits no one, including the police officers who work hard every day in our communities.”

“I wait with anticipation for Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Kelly’s response to this latest overture from the massive coalition of elected officials, community advocates and concerned New Yorkers. Hopefully, this will finally bring them to talk with us, for the benefit of all of us.”

Ms. Quinn, who had previously been more measured about stop-and-frisk in the wake of Mr. Williams’ infamous arrest last summer, joins most of the field of mayoral contenders in taking a sharper tone when criticizing the policy.