Trayvon Martin Mother’s Attorney Compares Stop-and-Frisk Profiling to Trayvon Situation

by Katrina Trinko

Benjamin Crump, the attorney for Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, argued today that New York City’s stop-and-frisk policy involved the same kind of profiling that had led to Martin’s death.

“No matter what you want to call it, essentially it’s racial profiling,” Crump said on Meet the Press. ”And we know Trayvon Martin was profiled for something that night on February 26, 2012. And he had broken no laws. He was just walking home. That’s the problem when you start this racial profiling. It’s a slippery slope. And it’s so bad for so many in the community.” 

“Where does it stop, how do we protect our children once you give police or neighborhood watch authority to just profile us?” he asked.

In an interview earlier on Meet the Press, NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly had rejected the idea that stop-and-frisk and Trayvon Martin’s case were comparable, noting that no police officers had been involved in the situation leading up to Martin’s death.