NATIONAL ACTION NETWORK (NAN) CALLS FOR POLICE COMMISSIONER RAYMOND KELLY & STOP-AND-FRISK OPPONENTS TO MEET TO DISCUSS JOINT WAYS TO FIGHT VIOLENCE AND DEAL WITH STOP-AND-FRISK POLICING
NAN’S NATIONAL EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TAMIKA D. MALLORY TO ORGANIZE ANTI-VIOLENCE GROUPS, LABOR LEADERS & RELIGIOUS LEADERS, ELECTED OFFICIALS AND OTHERS TO UNITE FOR THE MEETING IF THE COMMISSIONERS RESPONSE IS AFFIRMATIVE
Thursday, July 12, 2012 (New York, NY)-Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, one of the main organizers of the mass stop-and-frisk march down Fifth Avenue in New York City last month, are seeking a meeting with opponents of stop-and-frisk policing and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly who cited National Action Network as working against violence in the community.
According to NAN’s National Executive Director Tamika D. Mallory: “The Police Commissioner should not ignore the concerns of the community about racial profiling, but the community cannot ignore that 3-year-olds are being shot while playing in the sprinklers. Both sides have things needing to be dealt with and it must be done in a mature way with us coming together.”
NAN has worked with the NYPD this year on anti-violence programs and gun buy-back programs but has clearly voiced opposition over the stop-and-frisk policies that constitute racial profiling, according to the group. National Action Network is in a unique position to bring groups together that oppose stop-and-frisk policing, including National Action Network, but to also bridge the gap with groups around anti-violence in the wake of increased shootings in the five boroughs.
NAN is also working with the City through the Anti-violence task-force that includes Tamika D. Mallory, New York City Council speaker Christine Quinn, Councilmember Fernando Cabrera, Councilmember Jumaane Williams, and activists Erica Ford, A.T. Mitchell, and others. The goal is not just to ease tensions but to implement programmatic solutions to get to the core of the problem.