On March 20, New York City Comptroller and mayoral candidate John Liu wrapped up three series of town hall meetings focused on New York City Police Department’s stop-and-frisk policies, which remain controversial in communities of color. On wednesday, Liu held the last of the meetings in Concord Baptist Church of Christ in Brooklyn. On March 13, Liu held a meeting at Greater Springfield Community Church and on March 18 in the Bronx at Latino Pastoral Center. The John Jay College Center on Race, Crime and Justice, the NAACP, the National Action Network and the Legal Aid Society sponsored the meetings.
In a press release announcing the town hall meetings, Liu said, “When the overwhelming majority of New Yorkers who are stopped and frisked are people of color, it’s hard to avoid calling stop-and-frisk what it really is: racial profiling. Being stopped and frisked is not a minor inconvenience; it is deeply humiliating and absolutely offensive when based on skin color.” Liu plans to hold additional town hall meetings on stop-and-frisk in the near future.