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Bronx DA Talks Stop-and-Frisk, Performance Numbers

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

A federal judge in Manhattan has ruled that the NYPD acted unconstitutionally when making stops outside certain private apartment buildings in the Bronx. There, officers have to be interviewed before these types of cases proceed. Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson said that’s made a difference.

“I think what we’ve seen…is more care in general,” he said. “Since this change of policy, there have been fewer cases coming in to our complaint room.”

The stops were part of a program known as “Operation Clean Halls,” where police are given permission to enter private buildings by their owners.

The city’s also released its first-ever criminal justice performance report. The numbers show a disparity between the Bronx and the other boroughs when it comes to the number of felony convictions and releasing defendants.

In an interview with WNYC’s Amy Eddings, Johnson reacts to the judge’s stop and frisk ruling, and breaks down the numbers in the city’s criminal justice report.

With Associated Press

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Comments [1]

MasterG from Harlem

The court ruling is not controversial. Exiting a building should not be grounds to be detained and arrested by police. On the face of it, the only purpose of the "stop and frisk" policy is to include as many Blacks and Latinos in the NYPD database as possible. Since 2000, the number of stops has increased from around 100,000, which I thought was excessive, to 700,000, with no real impact on the number of shootings.

Jan. 08 2013 09:26 PM

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