Bill De Blasio Has Been Vocal Opponent Of Controversial NYPD Policy

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Republican mayoral hopeful Joe Lhota on Thursday discussed his plan for more proactive policing strategies.

At a campaign stop in Flatbush, Brooklyn on Thursday, Lhota voiced his support for the controversial stop-and-frisk NYPD policy.

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He also said his challenger Bill de Blasio is doubling down on failed ideas to keep the city safe.

Lhota said constant police training and community outreach are needed and added he doesn’t believe that many find stop-and-frisk over the top.

“When people keep throwing around terms that what the NYPD is doing is unconstitutional, it’s just not the case. They’re hollow words,” said the GOP candidate.

But one resident said the NYPD practice has had a negative impact.

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“Stop-and-frisk is kind of a bad thing in the neighborhood,” a man told Murnane.

Lhota chose Flatbush to discuss proactive policing because the neighborhood has seen a spike in shootings.

De Blasio has been a vocal critic of stop-and-frisk, saying the policy has led to racial profiling. He’s said if elected, he’ll do more to build relationships between the police and individual communities.

On the issues, Lhota said more New Yorkers are in agreement with him than the polls indicate.

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