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New York, NY - Bill Thompson: Trayvon Martin Was Killed Because He Was Black

Published on: July 28, 2013 11:31 PM
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New York, NY - Mayoral candidate Bill Thompson said Trayvon Martin was killed because he was black and that the same bias drives the NYPD’s stop and frisk policy.

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The former City Comptroller, who is black, made the comments before a congregation at Abundant Life Church in Brooklyn on Sunday.

Thompson said New York City has “institutionalized” George Zimmerman’s suspicion with a policy that requires all police officers to treat young black and Latino men with suspicion.

Every year, police officers briefly detain and question hundreds of thousands of innocent New Yorkers in an attempt to find weapons or drugs. The police department says the stops deter crime.

Zimmerman, a former neighborhood watch leader, was acquitted of murder in the Florida teenager’s 2012 shooting death. He says he was acting in self-defense.


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 Jul 28, 2013 at 11:49 PM OyGevald Says:

And he wants your vote to be Mayor?
Mr. Thompson, answer this question: What percentage of the NYC Black population makes up the crime statistics?
Are your black brothers the majority IN PRISON?
I rest my case.
If you wouldn't give Dinkins another chance, don't vote for Thompson!

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 Jul 29, 2013 at 12:26 AM lollypop Says:

Reply to #1  
OyGevald Says:

And he wants your vote to be Mayor?
Mr. Thompson, answer this question: What percentage of the NYC Black population makes up the crime statistics?
Are your black brothers the majority IN PRISON?
I rest my case.
If you wouldn't give Dinkins another chance, don't vote for Thompson!

Well said

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 Jul 29, 2013 at 12:33 AM Rachel W. Says:

What a yutz! But not much different from his rivals who also pander for votes.

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 Jul 29, 2013 at 12:46 AM Mechi2012 Says:

Reply to #1  
OyGevald Says:

And he wants your vote to be Mayor?
Mr. Thompson, answer this question: What percentage of the NYC Black population makes up the crime statistics?
Are your black brothers the majority IN PRISON?
I rest my case.
If you wouldn't give Dinkins another chance, don't vote for Thompson!

You're so right for a moment I forgot about Dublin's and the riots but now with his comment about Travon shows you what he is really made off.

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 Jul 29, 2013 at 01:13 AM Mark Levin Says:

You dumb yutz! He was killed because he started pummeling someone who had a gun and had to defend himself! He was killed because he too was a stupid person!

Folks, this guy should get ZERO votes!

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 Jul 29, 2013 at 04:40 AM 5TResident Says:

Yet another racist pol trying to get elected to something in New York. When are people going to get tired of the race card? I guess when the media stops giving it credence and the sheeple

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 Jul 29, 2013 at 05:24 AM mendoza Says:

Reply to #1  
OyGevald Says:

And he wants your vote to be Mayor?
Mr. Thompson, answer this question: What percentage of the NYC Black population makes up the crime statistics?
Are your black brothers the majority IN PRISON?
I rest my case.
If you wouldn't give Dinkins another chance, don't vote for Thompson!

Yes. I agree

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 Jul 29, 2013 at 06:11 AM Shlomo-1 Says:

It's neither as simple as "he was black" nor that he was "pummeling someone." We aren't in some glorious post-racial society: there is a history and there are biases out there. This is why the perception of many in the black community is that there was a racial component.

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 Jul 29, 2013 at 06:49 AM honestbroker Says:

The picture says it all.
Birds of a feather.......

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 Jul 29, 2013 at 07:01 AM monalisa Says:

Reply to #1  
OyGevald Says:

And he wants your vote to be Mayor?
Mr. Thompson, answer this question: What percentage of the NYC Black population makes up the crime statistics?
Are your black brothers the majority IN PRISON?
I rest my case.
If you wouldn't give Dinkins another chance, don't vote for Thompson!

Perfectly said. I was going to vote for him, but not now.

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 Jul 29, 2013 at 07:11 AM from-here_to-there Says:

Hey Billy: Was Christopher Cervini killed because he was white? Why aren't you, al, jesse, eric and barry o calling for civil rights charges against Roderick Scott? sorry guys you can't have it both ways.

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 Jul 29, 2013 at 07:20 AM Anonymous Says:

Not that I voted for Obama, but I am always willing to be color blind with politics. If I like a candidate's positions, I can consider voting for him/her. Look at what we have. Obama has become a dictator, legislating from the White House because he can't control either house of Congress who are representatives of the people. His policies are more in tune with his race and color than with the good of the country. I could have given him a chance, but he destroyed that. In history of NYC, Dinkins did that. He was lack first, then the voted leader of the city. May he retain the shame he earned. Now Thompson is doing the same thing. What a disgrace. The justice system worked, and found that there was no racial anything here. All this jerk wants to do is create more divisiveness and threaten violence. Shame on him. May he never reach another position where he has any control or clout. May he lose votes faster than water goes down the bathtub drain.

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 Jul 29, 2013 at 08:30 AM Anonymous Says:

I agree. He was killed because he was black.

Because he was black he did what he did and Zimmerman had defend himself.
Wouldn't happen if he wouldn't be black.

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 Jul 29, 2013 at 08:34 AM LionofZion Says:

Reply to #10  
monalisa Says:

Perfectly said. I was going to vote for him, but not now.

Why would you have considered voting for this guy? Vote for Ray Lhota. He is backed by Rudy and will keep this City going.

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 Jul 29, 2013 at 08:40 AM Anonymous Says:

he was killed because he was high on pot, had been thrown out of school for fighting, was arrested for stealing and was trying to kill someone, that was protecting his neighborhood, now if that is what you call a nice black teenager, then you have some issues

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 Jul 29, 2013 at 09:11 AM Anonymous Says:

Bill Thompson is the best friend of our community in this Mayoral race. He has a very long history of supporting the frum community in every way. His compeition does not. I also think we need to be considerate of how some people feel about the Trayvon Martin incident an stop and frisk. We need to be examples to the rest of the City of compassion. And remember, unlike Quinn and some of the others, Thompson does NOT support the City Council bills to oversee the police. He just wants more sensitivity. Don't we all?

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 Jul 29, 2013 at 09:14 AM Butterfly Says:

Mr. Thompson: Don't you believe in the Justice system?

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 Jul 29, 2013 at 09:17 AM Crown Heights Riots Says:

Beleive Me until This Comment From Bill Thomson Many More Citizins would Have voted For Him
Now he exposed his true Color's & freinds
Too bad, Bigest Mistake Of his Carer;;;;

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 Jul 29, 2013 at 09:27 AM Brian Says:

Was considering voting for him, but now Castmatidis or some other GOP candidate is the only half decent candidate left. No to Dinkins, no to Toeiva Quinn and no to "mayor Texting". It's truly a bleak pool of candidates.

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 Jul 29, 2013 at 10:04 AM monalisa Says:

Reply to #19  
Brian Says:

Was considering voting for him, but now Castmatidis or some other GOP candidate is the only half decent candidate left. No to Dinkins, no to Toeiva Quinn and no to "mayor Texting". It's truly a bleak pool of candidates.

How about....gasp!! Shock!! Voting REPUBLICAN in the actual election! Wow, now there's a thought. The Primaries just split votes anyway.

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 Jul 29, 2013 at 10:09 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #8  
Shlomo-1 Says:

It's neither as simple as "he was black" nor that he was "pummeling someone." We aren't in some glorious post-racial society: there is a history and there are biases out there. This is why the perception of many in the black community is that there was a racial component.

What about the innocent WHITE people who were attacked, beaten and almost killed while their attackers screamed, "this is for Trayvon"??? That's totally not racially motivated, isn't it??

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 Jul 29, 2013 at 10:41 AM HELLOOOOO Says:

Hey Thompson - what are you turning this into an anti-black and anti-Latino story? When was the last time that you checked who ZImmerman is - no Whitey - boy --- ZImmerman - he's bi-racial - part-Hispanic (his mother) and part-White (his father). A VOTE FOR THOMPSON IS A VOTE FOR PREJUDICE!!!

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 Jul 29, 2013 at 10:42 AM friend Says:

And he just lost my vote...!

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 Jul 29, 2013 at 10:46 AM concerned_Jew Says:

That is total bull! How about all the black on black and black on white violence. There is no racism in the Zimmerman case. There was another shooting a couple of years ago where a black watchman shot a white teen who was robbing a car. No one claimed race in that case. Obama is race baiting.

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 Jul 29, 2013 at 11:11 AM Anonymous Says:

And Yankel Rosenbuam (Hashem yomkom domo) was killed because he was a white jew boy. Mr. Thomapson lets level the playing field.

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 Jul 29, 2013 at 11:36 AM mewhoze Says:

how about voting for the sefardic guy?

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 Jul 29, 2013 at 11:59 AM Bezalel Says:

So among our choices for mayor are: (1) a woman "married" to another woman; (2) a serial pervert; and (3) a black racist. Anyone else running?

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 Jul 29, 2013 at 02:54 PM bennyt Says:

Mr. Thompson - Please respect the jury's verdict of not guilty as they did NOT find that Trayvon was killed because he was black. Nor has the US Attorney sought to bring any civil rights charges against Zimmerman as their investigation also showed no racial bias. Trayvon was killed because he was just another hoodie wearing pot smoking punk who was suspended from school and had no respect for any authority.

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 Jul 29, 2013 at 04:10 PM Billy Says:

bill we are long time good friends I'm very shocked with your words this does not belong to you I always backed you much more then I thought the way it will come out please make your decision if you need to do is hold because this will udefinitely not help you

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 Jul 29, 2013 at 07:06 PM Zeidy Says:

Reply to #27  
Bezalel Says:

So among our choices for mayor are: (1) a woman "married" to another woman; (2) a serial pervert; and (3) a black racist. Anyone else running?

Yes Joe Lhota on the republican line. He was deputy mayor under Rudy Giuliani.

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 Jul 29, 2013 at 07:27 PM A Says:

I voted for Mr. Thompson against Mike Bloomberg in the last mayoral race. But I heartily dislike pandering to any segment of the population and that's exactly what Bill Thompson has done with this speech. I don't like it any better when a candidate comes into the frum community and visits with the rebbele of the week because an aide told him the Jewish community will vote for him if he shows respect for Rebbe so&so;. Disgraceful pandering. Time to do a little research into Bill de Blasio and see what he's about.

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 Jul 29, 2013 at 10:58 PM Anonymous Says:

so he knew neither the victim nor the shooter, never stepped into court, and had no proof to base a civil rights violation lawsuit, but he KNOWs that matin was killed for being black?

If he can make a baseless racist remark like this and still expect Jews to vote for him, and they do, he deserves to win, and the Jewish community deserves to have a racist as their mayor.

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 Jul 30, 2013 at 07:27 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #31  
A Says:

I voted for Mr. Thompson against Mike Bloomberg in the last mayoral race. But I heartily dislike pandering to any segment of the population and that's exactly what Bill Thompson has done with this speech. I don't like it any better when a candidate comes into the frum community and visits with the rebbele of the week because an aide told him the Jewish community will vote for him if he shows respect for Rebbe so&so;. Disgraceful pandering. Time to do a little research into Bill de Blasio and see what he's about.

he's not pandering. He's a flat-out racist, which is much worse.

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