How Trayvon Martin Case Could Tip New York Mayor’s Race

Harry Bruinius, Christian Science Monitor, July 29, 2013

Seizing on the implosion of former congressman Anthony Weiner‘s campaign, mayoral hopeful William Thompson delivered a surprising and full-throated denunciation of New York’s “stop and frisk” crime fighting tactic Sunday, linking the polarizing police practice to the same kind of racial profiling that he said led George Zimmerman to shoot unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.

Mr. Thompson’s impassioned public statement, delivered to a mostly black congregation at the Abundant Life Church in the Brooklyn borough of New York, was unusual for the cautious politician, who has previously taken more moderate stances on stop and frisk, a policy that allows city police to frisk people they think might be involved in serious crimes. Leaders of the city’s black community, meanwhile, have been outspoken critics.

In general, Thompson has avoided the heated topics of race, and that could partly explain his comparatively tepid support among black voters so far–a constituency Thompson needs in the upcoming Democratic primary. But Mr. Weiner’s troubles come as an opportunity for Thompson. Black voters had been the strongest supporters of Weiner, and the main reason the former congressman had surged to the top of the polls before last week’s reignited sexting scandal.

One reason for Weiner’s popularity among black voters, many have pointed out, was his outspoken criticism of stop and frisk, a policy Thompson has said he would continue, with modifications, if he were elected mayor. On Sunday, however, the former New York City comptroller, who is black, dialed up his rhetoric considerably.

“How did the system fail?” Thompson said. “Here in New York City, we have institutionalized Mr. Zimmerman’s suspicion with a policy that all but requires our police officers to treat young black and Latino men with suspicion, to stop them and frisk them because of the color of their skin. Six hundred thousand of them in 2011–more than 90 percent innocent–are profiled as Trayvon was profiled.”

So far, the responses to Thompson’s bold foray have been exactly what the candidate must have hoped. The Rev. Al Sharpton, president of National Action Network in New York and a critic of Thompson’s views on stop and frisk, said the candidate’s statement was finally “on point.”


In tone, Thompson’s speech was a remarkable departure from his previous views, which were among the more conservative “law and order” positions in the campaign.

He has pledged to keep stop and frisk as a crime-fighting tactic, promising only to curb its excesses. And he has also opposed two controversial measures passed recently by the New York City Council: one that creates an independent inspector general to monitor the New York Police Department, and another that allows people to sue the department if they believe they have been illegally profiled by race.

On Monday, he clarified his position on stop and frisk, saying he still supports the law but wants to “make sure that government doesn’t institutionalize suspicion.”

“I would say that my position on stop-and-frisk still is the same,” Thompson said at a campaign event in front of City Hall. “It is the continual concern that I think I have said for not even months, but for years, that stop-and-frisk, while a useful policing tool, it has been misused and abused.”


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  • Puggg

    Black voters love Weiner because he showed his “muh d**k” off on Twitter, and they love Eliot Spitzer because he solicited the services of a ho. Neither one are black, but they might as well be.

  • Nathanwartooth

    A Black mayor? What could possibly go wrong?

    • Spartacus

      Didn’t New York have one before, and it ended badly ?

    • Sick of it

      Nothing, if you don’t mind your town being robbed blind, bills inexplicably rising, and services interrupted or inadequately delivered.

  • MekongDelta69

    This dude as Mayor
    Spitzer as Comptroller
    Weiner as Director of Morality
    Sharpton as DIE-versity czar
    A City Council comprised of Berkeley rejects, illegal aliens, ancient hippies and former black panthers

    A (formerly great) city now inhabited by people from God-knows what ‘Pay Me’ Planets and ‘Gibsmedat’ Galaxies, side by side with clueless leftist ‘hipsters’ who weren’t born here.

    I predict utter harmony…

  • Luca

    No, Mr. Thompson, they are not stopped and frisked because of the color of their skin, but simply because of the content of their character.

    If the innocent feel slighted by this policy then they should not blame the police or racism, but they should blame their thieving, raping, murdering brethren who commit these heinous crimes in obscenely disproportionate numbers.

    It’s unfortunate that they all look like Obama’s sons, but that is the plain fact of the matter.

    • Whitetrashgang

      True , but I myself racially profile my sh#t,the darker it is the more trouble It will cause me. If I cant do that anymore I guess I will have to turn the lights out in my bathroom which scares me even more. I have nothing against sh#t, but I guess that’s progress, kind of like civil rights.

  • Spartacus

    “…are profiled as Trayvon was profiled.”


    Trayboon was NOT profiled – he tried to bash the mestizo’s brains out.

  • BlarneyMiller

    Ever since crime went through the roof during the only black NYC mayor’s tenure (David Dinkins), non-black New York City residents have been extremely reticent about electing another black mayor. If Thompson were to get elected (doubtful), and he were to scale back stop & frisk coupled with the brothers seemingly natural tendency to get more violent when they see one of their own in control — New York could return to pre-Giuliani levels of crime.

  • dd121

    I hope they elect Weiner. Think they deserve someone who knows how to ferret out hackers with campaign money.

  • The Rev. Al Sharpton, president of National Action Network in New York …..

    Get it? National Action Network of New York = NANNY. blacks need a NANNY state to take care of them. blacks need a NANNY state to compete. blacks need a NANNY state to keep them in control of their aggression.

    • Non Humans

      Good acronym, but the real message is in the more subtle words. Nonhumans always “Need” something. Rarely if ever can they or do they provide for themselves. Whether it be handouts or criminal behaviors, they need white money, white (hard-earned) property, or white services to keep them going or in check.
      Anyone who cannot see that they are a cancerous tumor on human-kind and humanity in whole is deluded.

  • MBlanc46

    Just another race hustler, apparently.

  • Your New York City mayoral ballot:

    * Crackpot
    * Bigger Crackpot
    * Even Bigger Crackpot
    * Online Voyeur-Pervert (married to a Muslim Brotherhood plant who previously was in a lezzie relationship with Hillary Clinton)
    * Joe Lhota.

  • YourMOMA

    The reason they’re profiled is they do most of the crime in New York. There’s no need for New York to turn into another Detroit with another useless black politician running on false promises. I can tell you right now what he’s going to do once elected: appoint only black cabinet members, give tax credit/favoritism to black businesses, create racket, destroy NYC’s budget. THE END.

  • Creepy as crackers!

    Proof once more that when it comes to blacks, everything is about race or should I say everything is about the failure of the black race.

  • Romulus

    African voters love Weiner,…. (pause for effect), because the tribe has supported them for decades. In point of fact, the usual suspects control most of new York’s power structure.

  • There are no other cities I’d like to see bankrupt, except Los Angeles or Denver.