STATEMENT BY REV. AL SHARPTON & NATIONAL ACTION NETWORK (NAN) REGARDING THE CITY OF NEW YORK’S DECISION TO END LAWSUIT CHALLENGING RACIAL PROFILING LAW
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 (New York, NY)—Rev. Al Sharpton and National Action Network applauds the City of New York’s decision to drop the lawsuit challenging Local Law 71 which bans “biased-based” profiling in law enforcement. The law enacted last year by the City Council over Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s veto was a step forward in community safety and in providing confidence to city resident’s that complaints about racial profiling can be pursued. In dropping the lawsuit, the city is demonstrating their commitment to bettering relations with police and communities.
According to Rev. Al Sharpton: ——
On Father’s Day two years ago, National Action Network joined with NAACP, the SEIU and 115 other organizations in a historic march down 5th Avenue in Manhattan to demand an end to ‘stop-and-frisk policing. Rev. Al Sharpton called the issue the “Urban civil rights” issue of our time. NAN urged the appointment of a monitor, immediate reforms to the practice of stop and frisk policing, community involvement, and legal recourse. With the City’s decision we now have that in place.