Bloomberg: Stop-And-Frisk Should Be Changed, Not Ended

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Mayor Bloomberg speaks at the First Baptist Church of Brownsville. (Spencer T Tucker)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Sunday said that  “stop-and-frisk” needs to be “amended, not ended.”

He took his message into a black church in one of New York's highest-crime neighborhoods to defend the police policy of street stops that has stirred outrage.

Critics say the “stop-and-frisk” tactic is racial profiling. Most of those stopped are black and Hispanic men.

He told worshippers at the First Baptist Church of Brownsville that "we can never forget who is being killed, and we can’t deny what neighborhoods they’re being killed in. The reason police officers make stops in Brownsville and East New York is not because of race; it is because of crime.”

Bloomberg said racial profiling will not be tolerated, but the NYPD can’t get illegal guns off the streets unless they go to areas where crimes are being committed.

The mayor conceded that he and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly need to do a better job of ensuring that stops are conducted properly and with courtesy. To that end, he said officers will get more training, and more supervision from their precincts.

Bloomberg, who was accompanied to the church by Kelly, added that the police are being retrained to conduct the stops with what he called "civility."

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Comments [4]

Gino from brooklyn

As a police officer I use stop and frisks very conservatively. While the NYPD is not exempt from blame, If I stop and frisk someone, I don't care about internal pressure or public outrage. Read more below...

Jun. 12 2012 04:05 AM
Tony from Brooklyn

Stop and Frisk is inherently wrong but suggesting its the cops who are responsible for so many stops (because they want to seem more heroic) and not because of orders from above is even more so. Didn't the Adrian Schoolcraft incident prove that the beat cops were given quotas to fill at the expense of being punished if they didn't? When will the guys at the top ever get penalized?

Jun. 11 2012 11:48 AM

Stopping young men of color for no other reason than their age/gender/color is discriminatory and wrong.

Forcing them into crimes they wouldn't otherwise have committed (displaying small quantities of hidden marijuana) is despicable.

It feeds the for-profit prison system at the expense of innocent young people. It destroys the social fabric. It creates a class of government-sanctioned abusers of power.

"It works" is not a justification for violating people's civil rights. That's a fascist argument.

Jun. 10 2012 11:50 PM
James Wesolowski from Manhattan

Stop and Frisk is a blatantly discriminatory practice that is in violation of the rights enshrined in the 4th amendment. It is really that clear and simple. Perhaps Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Kelly should put themselves in the places of the predominantly black and hispanic individuals who are being targeted as possible criminals without reasonable cause and consider how outraged they would be if their rights were being violated in this manner.

Since 9/11, we have let the government (both local and federal) whittle away our basic rights in the name of security. Without these rights, there is no point to the American ideal., and reducing crime is no excuse for undermining the constitution.

Jun. 10 2012 10:27 PM

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