New York's Mayoral Race: Bill Thompson

Can you talk about an issue that is a top concern for Latinos—stop and frisk?

Under Mike Bloomberg and [Police Commissioner] Ray Kelly stop and frisk has been abused. It’s a useful police tool that has become a policy. What we have seen are quotas have been attached to this. I would not keep Ray Kelly as Police Commissioner. We need to move in a different direction, that we eliminate quotas, and that we go to a new era of community policing, where we have officers on the ground in the neighborhood working with people.

Do you believe in an inspector general overlooking the police department?

I have not supported that piece of legislation. I think that its less about legislation and more about a mayor and a police commissioner who will make sure that stop and frisk is not abused.