The NYPD's highest ranking person testifying in the federal class action lawsuit against stop and frisk, Joseph Esposito, said on Tuesday that the department is focused on making "quality" stops where crime happens.
The newly retired Esposito, who wore an NYPD uniform for 4 decades, took the stand in a civilian suit and a burgundy tie. He responded several times to the plaintiffs' allegations that police can engage in racial profiling when they conduct stop and frisks, each time saying "If there's reasonable suspicion, there's NO racial profiling."
Esposito conceded that stops went up nearly 700 percent while he held the chief's post, but added that crime also dropped during that time by forty percent.
In one exchange, plaintiffs' attorney Jonathan Moore asked if Esposito ever spoke with Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly about the toll stop and frisk may be having on Black and Latino youth. Esposito responded by saying “the subject may have come up," but when asked if it was a "terrible toll," Esposito said, flatly, “no."