“I want to thank NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous, Hazel Dukes, Reverend Al Sharpton and 1199 SEIU President George Gresham, Make the Road, the NYCLU, and others who have effectively raised concerns about the practice of stop and frisk and launched this important public discussion.

“I believe the present practice of stop and frisk is not working and is in need of significant reform. Also, the current level of stops is unacceptable. If we do not overhaul this practice, we will further expand the divide between the NYPD and the communities they serve.

“We need immediate changes to monitoring, supervision and accountability of this practice. If we make these reforms we can reduce the number of stops and keep New York the safest big city in America.”