MANHATTAN - On Friday, Dan Quart for Manhattan DA hosted a virtual screening of the documentary MLK/FBI and a pre-screening panel with hundreds of supporters from across Manhattan in honor of Black History Month. Quart discussed the relevance and importance of the film, which looks at how Black activists and the civil rights movement have been targeted by law enforcement, with Emmy-winning Director Sam Pollard, and how he would work to hold law enforcement accountable as Manhattan District Attorney.
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[...] We had an opportunity to interview the Assembly Member to ask him about his impressions of the film and its significance as it relates to policing today.
“I am honored that he would choose to work with me to publicize [the film] and really have the discussion about the importance of this film, not just the film in and of itself, but what it means to our generation today on profiling, on the use of law enforcement power and how [the treatment of] Dr. King 50 plus years ago is relevant to the problems we face in New York City today,” said Quart.
One of those problems, although Stop and Frisk was ruled unconstitutional by a judge in 2013, is profiling.
“These practices still exist today with database lists, spreadsheets and practices that are not race neutral and disproportionately affect communities of color in Manhattan,” Quart said.
“So, while these practices were terrible that the FBI employed against Dr. King all these years ago, there is still profiling going on today even after Stop and Frisk was ruled unconstitutional as applied in New York City, so I think it’s more than just a historical film, it’s also relevant for our ideas about police accountability and public safety today.”
The Assembly Member is running to be Manhattan’s next District Attorney. Two pillars of his platform are holding law enforcement accountable for police brutality and ensuring that all Manhattanites feel safe.
We asked him how he can expect to strike a balance between police enforcement while also guaranteeing public safety.
“Public safety and police accountability—we can accomplish both of those goals, and I don’t think holding NYPD officers who engage in excessive force, violence or who are untruthful in any way affects public safety. In fact, that is public safety. So, I think we can reform our criminal justice system, hold the NYPD accountable when appropriate and keep our communities safe, all of which I believe will bring us closer to racial justice,” Quart said.
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