Bill Thompson is the only black candidate in the mayor’s race.
This Sunday morning, he did more to call attention to this fact than he has thus far in the campaign.
Mr. Thompson–still troubled by the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin and the July 13 not guilty verdict for the shooter, George Zimmerman–took to a Brooklyn church to give a grandiose speech on race relations in New York City and the nation writ-large, as well as how the country should proceed moving forward.
A week after the jury reached a not guilty verdict in the murder trial of George Zimmerman, a mixture of anger, despair and resilience permeated the scorching air outside of the NYPD headquarters on Saturday, where protesters had assembled on behalf of slain 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
Reverend Al Sharpton was at the helm of the proceedings, which brought together superstars Beyoncé and Jay Z, a slew of mayoral candidates and Mr. Martin’s mother, Sabrina Fulton, who has been dubbed the “matron of the movement.”
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.
A jury of his peers may have found George Zimmerman innocent, but–many miles away from the Sanford, Florida case–New York City lawmakers aren’t done with the controversy
The city’s congressional delegation gathered this afternoon in Lower Manhattan to condemn the trial’s verdict, while at the same time, praising the Department of Justice’s willingness to investigate the killing of 17-year-old Trayon Martin.
Less than 24 hours after the controversial verdict was released in the trial of George Zimmerman, the Florida man who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last year, rallies erupted across New York City.
Crowds began converging on Union Square around 2 p.m. this afternoon, chanting “No Justice, no peace,” and passing out stickers which read “We are all Trayvon.” Marvin Knight, 70, held a sign that read “A creepy-ass cracker stalked and killed Trayvon Martin.” Others carried signs featuring the photograph of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old African American who was brutally murdered in the 1950s.
Manhattan Borough President and city comptroller candidate Scott Stringer was among the many politicians in attendance, voicing his anger with the verdict.
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.
According to one of his aides, Congressman Charlie Rangel will make his first public appearance in about two months on Tuesday. Mr. Rangel has been in and out of the hospital two times and out of the public eye since February 9 with what his aides and allies have described as a serious back injury. Mr. Rangel’s appearance will kick off a week of events for the congressman.