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Alphonza Bryant's mother responds to Bloomberg

The mother of the slain Bronx teen who Mayor Bloomberg discussed in his public safety address expressed surprise — and gratitude — at the mention.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg delivered an address on public safety to NYPD top brass on April 30, 2013. Credit: Edward Reed. Mayor Michael Bloomberg delivered an address on public safety to NYPD top brass on April 30, 2013. Credit: Edward Reed.

In his public safety address to NYPD top brass, Mayor Michael Bloomberg lashed out at the New York Times and critics of stop-and-frisk for not paying attention to the shooting death of 17-year-old Alphonza Bryant in the Bronx.

DNAinfo reached out to Bryant's mother, who reportedly was grateful for the attention the mayor brought to her son, though surprised, as she had never heard from the mayor or his aides following her son's death three and a half weeks ago.

"We just thank him for putting it out there," Bryant's mother, Jenaii van Doten, told DNAinfo. "That he was a good kid."

Bloomberg had also discussed stop-and-frisk in his speech, touting its vital importance in protected the city's children and condemning its critics.

Van Doten partially agreed that stop-and-frisk is needed "to save our children," but also felt "they need to modify it."

She said that Bryant had been stopped himself on several occasions, though he avoided guns and gangs, and recounted one instance where he was in a bodega talking to her on the phone while buying a sandwich and said, "Ma, I got to get off the phone," as she could hear cops cursing at him in the background.

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