Updated: 10/15/2013 5:55 PM
Created: 10/15/2013 5:40 PM WHEC.com
Rochester City Council members call them "drug free zones", but mayoral candidate Alex White is calling them "rights free zones."
White, the Green Party candidate, held a news conference Tuesday to address that initiative being proposed by Councilman Adam McFadden. White claims the drug free zones violate Rochester residents' constitutional rights. He says they will lead to illegal searches and target African Americans.
Alex White said, “We need to deal with the city's drug problem, but creating a law which targets people of color and circumvents constitutional protections is not the solution."
The ordinance will be presented to Rochester City Council and that includes the other candidate for mayor, current City Council President Lovely Warren. News10NBC reached out to her Tuesday. She released this statement, “Many neighborhood groups have told me and the members of City Council that drug-related crime is among their most serious concerns. The presence of drugs in our neighborhoods hurts families, leads to violence and damages law-abiding businesses. Therefore, any and all proposals designed to curb drug-related crime merit our attention."
Warren went on to say the City Council does not plan to vote on the proposal Tuesday night.