Yesterday, the fathers of Trayvon Martin and Ramarley Graham met at the office of the Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network in advance of today's Fathers Day silent march to protest stop-and-frisk. “It’s hard to imagine Father’s Day without Trayvon,” Tracy Martin said. “I want to stand for the million voiceless fathers that have lost their children." Francelot Graham told the audience, "To me, my son was murdered. I lost my son to people we pay to protect us.”

As he did last Sunday, Mayor Bloomberg spoke before a congregation in Brooklyn this morning to assure those who are upset with the NYPD's tactic that their concerns are being heard. Calling mistreatment of innocent people at the hands of the police "not acceptable," Bloomberg added, "If you’ve done nothing wrong, you deserve nothing but respect and courtesy from the police. Police Commissioner Kelly and I both believe we can do a better job in this area—and he’s instituted a number of reforms to do that."

The mayor also tangentially related the city's declining murder rate to the record number of stop-and-frisks yielding firearms. But the city's murder rate had been falling long before stop-and-frisks were used as frequently as they are today, and proportionally, the stops yield very few guns.

Today's 3 p.m. march will begin at 110th Street and Fifth Avenue, and will march south down the avenue to 78th Street, right past Bloomberg's mansion on 79th.