Hip-Hop, NAACP and Al Sharpton Unite In Silent Protest of NYPD Stop and Frisk Policy
By Lora Neng
WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER
June 13, 2012
Reverend Al Sharpton will be joined by hip-hop artists and representatives of the NAACP on a march from Harlem to New York Mayor Bloomberg’s house on this Sunday to protest the NYPD’s stop and frisk policy.
“We want to end violence and crime in our communities and support law enforcement, but not in a manner that encourages racial and religious profiling,” quoted AllHipHop of Kevin Liles, former president of Def Jam and Warner Music Group now heading KWL Enterprises.
NAACP Northeast Director Marvin Bing said, “It is pitiful that our young people are more afraid of the Police when they walk outside, than they are of any potential Gang” and bemoaned that “we have to teach our young people how to react and respond when a Police Officer stops and frisk them, and any kind of movement can get them killed.”
Al Sharpton, who voices his opinions on the National Action Network, decried the data showing that 41 percent of the people stopped and frisked in New York were Black and Latin men aged 18 through 25, and the two minorities comprise 90 percent of these incidents while only making up 60 percent of the population. The silent march will proceed down 5th avenue on Father’s Day.
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Tags: Black youth, civil rights, Father's Day, Kevin Liles, Mayor Bloomberg, NAACP, National Action Network, NYPD, racial profiling, Reverend Al Sharpton, stop and frisk, young Latin men