Timeline | The City's Use of Stop-and-Frisk

Tuesday, May 29, 2012


Stop-and-frisk has been an NYPD tool for decades, but in recent years there has been increased criticism over the number of stops, and more importantly the people targeted for stops — overwhelmingly black or Latino males. Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the NYPD has defended the practice, saying it has helped get guns off the streets and keep the number of homicides down. WNYC created an interactive look back at the start of the policy, the legal challenges it has faced, as well as how the numbers have increased over time.




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Nathaniel Hoffman from Boise

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Jul. 12 2012 09:43 AM
RL from East New York

In 2011, police stopped and frisked 685,724 times and recovered 780 guns. No one is a psychic but you would have to believe that at least some of those guns would have ended up killing innocent people. I know stop and frisk impedes on our civil liberties but I live in one of the poorest districts in the city and gun violence is very real. I will agree that some of these cops have bad judgements in stopping kids who are barely in their pre-teens but I don't think cops in general are racial-profiling, but are assigned to high crime areas and are interacting with who is there. I'm Asian by the way and my brother and I have been stopped and frisked before. I tell this to my more successful relatives who live in the safer parts of the city and they laugh about this anomaly.

This method of stopping crime is not politically correct nor idealistic, but not everything that works in life is.

May. 30 2012 06:20 PM
bocheball from NYC

The statistics show that stop and frisk do not proportionately get many criminals. Bloomberg and his military crony Kelly have instituted the most racist policy in NYC history.
What's terrible is that so many innocent people get stopped, like kid going or returning from school.
The police are supposedly streetwise, yet they are mostly frisking law abiding citizens, repeatedly.
Their stops should solely be based on a person's BEHAVIOR, not his color, or dress or whatever.

Can you imagine coming home from a day's work, and being stopped by NYPD, with hardly a justified reason for your being detained? How embarrassing, humiliating, infuriating can that be? I wouldn't know, I'm white and I never get stopped, no matter what I'm doing or what I look like. Plus when I hear NYPD 'talk' to people they are not very polite, barking orders at them, so that must make things even worse.

What a crappy policy by a lousy mayor. But we know he's a lawbreaker himself, overturning term limits to suit
his gargantuan ego. Be rid of him already.

May. 30 2012 12:23 AM
PJ from Fort Greene

One glaring aspect that is left out of this story is that statistically Blacks and Hispanics commit a disproportionately higher amount of violent crime than compared to Whites and Asians. (See FBI statistics 2010).

I'm not saying these "stop and frisk" encounters are right, in fact I think they are most certainly a violation of civil rights. However omitting the statistical evidence that many cops (and others) base their daily experiences on is not telling the entire story.

And answer yourself truthfully in the following hypothetical scenario. You are walking home in the evening after a long day at work. You are looking down at your Iphone trading texts with a friend and listening to WYNC when an individual jumps out from sublevel stoop and punches you in the face and takes your phone and purse/wallet.

In your mind what does this person look like? How old are they? What are they wearing? Did they look like Ashton Kucher with a 5 O'clock shadow like all of the criminals that are portrayed in the ADT security commericals? Or did this person look different?


May. 29 2012 07:02 PM

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