Members of the city's minority and gay communities will come together on Father's Day to take a stand against "stop and frisk."
A host of activist groups gathered at the Stonewall Inn Tuesday to lend their support to the Rev. Al Sharpton's planned silent march down Fifth Avenue on June 17, when protesters will take on alleged profiling practices by the NYPD.
Last year, city officers stopped 685,724 people, most of whom were black or Latino, but only 10 percent of them were arrested.
Sharpton said the tactic also targets members of the city's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, and he welcomed their support. "You are either for the civil rights of everyone, or you are not for the civil rights of anyone," Sharpton told a group of reporters at a news conference.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg defended his police force's crime-fighting practices Tuesday, reminding reporters that the city's homicide rates have dropped during NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly's tenure. "If you have other suggestions on how to get guns out of the hands of kids, we'd love to hear it," he said.
Gay rights groups said police have unnecessarily stopped and frisked homosexuals and transsexuals just because of their appearance. -- amNewYork