The debate over New York City’s stop-and-frisk policy, which police say helps curb violence and which detractors say targets young blacks and Latinos, is growing after a spate of shootings and sharp words between city officials at odds over the practice, says the Los Angeles Times. Mayor Michael Bloomberg blasted the New York Civil Liberties Union, which has gone to court to block stop-and-frisk, saying: “They sit there and they pontificate and they complain. Our police officers put their lives on the line every single day.” Civil Liberties Union president Donna Lieberman said, “It’s a lot easier to trash the NYCLU than to acknowledge the widespread dissatisfaction the community feels with an NYPD that acts like it’s above the law and accountable to no one.”
Bloomberg spoke at the Greater Allen AME Cathedral in Queens. The borough was the scene of a triple homicide on July 7. Police say the killer used an AK-47 automatic rifle. In his comments to parishioners at the church, Bloomberg addressed the controversy over stop-and-frisk, saying it had led to thousands of guns and tens of thousands of knives being taken off the streets. “At the same time, stops must be made for legitimate reasons, and no person should ever, ever be racially profiled,” he added. Critics, though, say that’s exactly what is happening.