Tuesday, August 13, 2013

“stop and frisk”

Reform “stop and frisk” but don’t throw it out!

U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled this past Monday that the NYPD violated the civil rights of thousands of New Yorkers, mostly minorities, with its “stop and frisk” policy. Mayor Bloomberg countered the judge's decision at a press conference saying it is a tactic police use to search anyone regardless of whether a crime has been committed. The mayor went on to say that the policy has been instrumental in drivig down crime rates to record lows and that other courts have deemed it to be constitutional in keeping city streets safe. 

Here's a quote from Bobby Kennedy when he was the U.S. attorney general back in 1964. 

''Every society gets the kind of criminal it deserves. What is equally true is that every community gets the kind of law enforcement it insists on.''
Robert F. Kennedy (1925-1968), U.S. attorney general, Democratic politician. The Pursuit of Justice, pt. 3, "Eradicating Free Enterprise in Organized Crime," (1964).

I think it's still relevant today. What do you think?
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1 comment:

  1. An officer doesn’t like the way you look, that’s enough cause for him to stop and search you. That’s not a reasonable suspicion to make an arrest. 4.4 million people were stopped, 87% of the Black and Latino, and most important 12% were charged with crimes. Remember the judge is using her bench to reform aspects of this policy not it's removal.