Sharpton demands Bloomberg apology for Stop & Frisk comment

Sharpton demands Bloomberg apology for Stop & Frisk comment

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Reverend Al Sharpton is demanding an apology from Mayor Michael Bloomberg after he said Friday that police "disproportionately stop whites too much and minorities too little."

Sharpton called out the mayor during his Saturday afternoon gathering at the National Action Network in Harlem.

Bloomberg made his comment during his weekly WOR-AM radio appearance and said that the stop and frisk demographics should be assessed against suspect descriptions, not the population as a whole.

Sharpton says stop and frisk is institutionalized discrimination.

"Profiling is here and it needs to stop and we do not need to play games with that," said Sharpton.

The City Council is considering a measure which would allow more oversight into the NYPD's stop and frisk policy.

Bloomberg spokesman Marc LaVorgna said the critics were "fabricating outrage over an absolutely accurate comment."

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said on Friday that more than 90 percent of people killed or shot in the city are black or Hispanic.

Several mayoral candidates have expressed outrage at Mayor Bloomberg's comment.

Public Advocate and mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio sent supporters an email rapping Bloomberg's remarks, while fellow candidate and City Comptroller John Liu issued a statement calling them "insensitive, outrageous, and just plain weird." Mayoral candidate and former City Comptroller Bill Thompson, who is black, termed Bloomberg's comments insulting and called on him to apologize.

Complaints from communities and other city officials have prompted a federal lawsuit over the Stop and Frisk practice and were part of the reason for the City Council's vote Thursday.

Bloomberg also said on his radio show Friday that he'll veto the legislation, which he says will impede policing. They passed with enough votes to override a veto, but the mayor has noted that he plans to keep pressing his case with lawmakers.

The Associated Press contributed to this story

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