As the New York City Police Department's stop-and-frisk practice draws increasing criticism from blacks and Latino, the city's public advocate, Bill de Blasio, will call on the Mayor Michael Bloomberg to force a reduction of the controversial practice, the New York Times reports. City Council speaker Christine Quinn, appearing with Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, gave a “measured critique” of police stops.
Stop-and-frisk has emerged as the first major contentious issue of next year's mayoral race. De Blasio, who is expected to run, has been among the most outspoken on the topic among the possible Democratic contenders. The issue is significant to left-leaning and black and Latino voters who can sway the Democratic vote. Polls suggest that many New Yorkers support the policy. Quinn says stop-and-frisk should be retained but “needs significant reform.” Two other possible candidates for mayor, Scott Stringer, Manhattan borough president, and John Liu, the comptroller, have been critical of the stop-and-frisk practice. The Police Department and the mayor have defended the tactic, saying it has helped cut crime to record lows.