Mayoral candidate Bill Thompson took aim at the NYPD's stop-and-frisk-program on Sunday. The New York Daily News reports that Thompson told the Abundant Life Church congregation in Brooklyn that Trayvon Martin died because he was black, and then said the NYPD’s controversial program encourages racial profiling.

“Here in New York City, we've institutionalized Mr. Zimmerman’s suspicion with a policy that all but requires our police officers to treat young black and Latino men with suspicion, to stop them and frisk them because of the color of their skin,” Thompson said. The Daily News reports that Thompson said he felt the need to talk about the issue after George Zimmerman's not-guilty verdict.

“Trayvon Martin did die because he was black," Thompson declared. "Of that there is no doubt.”

Photo Credit: Bill Thompson