Evan DeSouza Staff Writer
Kal Penn is showing off his political prowess by taking to his twitter account to show his approval of New York City’s stop-question-and-frisk policy.
On Tuesday, the Harold and Kumar actor tweeted a link to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s New York Post op-ed piece on the controversial policy, stating that it was a “great op-ed”.
Penn has been taking some flak for supporting the policy with many twitter users sarcastically tweeting if he was hacked.
The policy allows the New York City Police Department to stop, question, and frisk pedestrians for weapons and contraband.
“Stop-Question-Frisk — which the Supreme Court of the United States has found to be constitutional — is an important part of that success. It has taken some 8,000 guns off the street over the past decade — and some 80,000 other weapons,” Bloomberg wrote in his op-ed piece.
Many people are opposed to the policy criticizing the NYPD of racial profiling of African Americans and Hispanics.
On Monday, Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled that the program goes against the Constitution and that the police must specify authorized stops.
Penn is not new to the political scene. Between 2007 and 2008 he was an advocate on President Obama’s presidential campaign, and in 2009, he was the associate director of the White House Office of Public Engagement.