City Comptroller John Liu–one of the most left-leaning candidate in the mayor’s race–has long been a critic of the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy, which he believes should be abolished. But he took his criticism a step further today.
In a statement released earlier this afternoon, Mr. Liu equated the attitude officers use when stopping New Yorkers with George Zimmerman, the Florida neighborhood watchman who was found not guilty Saturday in the high-profile fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
City officials and various candidates for office joined in the flood of outrage tonight following the not guilty verdict in the racially-charged trial of George Zimmerman for the killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.
Former Comptroller Bill Thompson, the mayoral race’s only major black candidate, released and tweeted a terse, one-line statement slamming the decision, which was read tonight just before 10 p.m.
George Zimmerman will be charged. Multiple elected officials, including Christine Quinn, have already sent out press releases announcing hope that justice will be served.
Mayor Bloomberg said gun issues won’t necessarily stop him from supporting candidates.
Grace Meng said Michael Nussbaum’s statement was taken out of context and Jeff Gottlieb has every right to run.
The state legislative redistricting process is in legal purgatory.
Karim Camara wants the Department of Justice to reject the State Senate lines.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg went down to Washington D.C. earlier today to advocate for limits to “Stand Your Ground” laws, made famous by the recent shooting of Trayvon Martin, which allow looser standards for the use of deadly force. Flanked by representatives of groups like the NAACP and National Urban League, he announced a new initiative to push states, particularly Florida, to reform their self-defense laws.
“These laws are not the kind of laws that a civilized society should have,” Mr. Bloomberg said at the event. “This has nothing to do with gun owners’ rights, nothing to do with the Second Amendment. Plain and simple, this is just trying to give people a license to murder.”
“No civilized society that I know of, outside of America, has laws that permit anybody to just decide someone shouldn’t be alive, pull out a gun, shoot them, and get away with it,” he later added.