NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Democrat Bill Thompson has ushered in a new phase in the hotly contested New York City mayor’s race after linking the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy to the Trayvon Martin killing in Florida.
But is it an attempt to win support from black and Latino voters?
“There was a young black man who was targeted because of who he was and what he looked like and that’s where there are similarities,” Thompson said. “It is about suspicion and we need to get away from that.”
Thompson’s opponents say it’s a flip-flop, a change of position.
“Bill Thompson seems to want to have it both ways. He originally, I thought, was going to be in favor of the racial profiling ban, then he decided to oppose it. I think people, rightfully, want to know which side each of us is on,” said fellow Democratic mayoral hopeful Bill de Blasio.