Thousands of protesters held a silent march against NYPD stop-and-frisks Sunday, marching on Fifth Avenue along Central Park from 110th Street down to Mayor Bloomberg's mansion on 79th. There, the diverse group quietly dispersed, only a handful tangling with police. Organizers insisted the protest was not against rank-and-file NYPD cops, but against the department's stop-and-frisk policy itself, which critics say unfairly targets minorities.
Members of 300 different civil rights groups joined in the walk, including representatives from the NAACP, the National Action Network, and the NYCLU. The families of Trayvon Martin and Ramarley Graham also participated.
"We are black, white, Asian, LGBT, straight, Jewish, Muslim and Christian," New York City Council member Jumaane Williams said before Sunday's march began, "Mayor Bloomberg has been our great uniter. We've been screaming loudly, and he hasn't heard us, but hopefully he'll hear the deafening silence."
The NYPD stopped people nearly 700,000 times in 2011. Of those stopped, 87 percent were black in Latino. Nine out of 10 stopped were neither arrested nor issued a summons.
Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly have continued to defend the NYPD's use of stop-and-frisk, saying it keeps guns off the street.
Here are 11 people we met at Sunday's protest: