Local Politicians Seek Federal Investigation Of NYPD’s ‘Stop And Frisk’ Strategy

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York City politicians are calling for a federal probe of the NYPD’s “stop and frisk” strategy.

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and state Sen. Eric Adams said at a news conference Wednesday that federal prosecutors need to step in to protect the rights of minorities.

“It’s fraught with racial profiling and we cannot wait any longer to reform it,” Stringer told 1010 WINS on Wednesday. “We have tried to engage the mayor and the police commissioner, we’re obviously not having success. The next step is to go to the federal government.”

The strategy resulted in street stops of more than 500,000 people last year. Civil rights advocates say most of them were young black men and Hispanic men who were innocent.

The NYPD claims the effort is essential for taking guns off the street and preventing crime in neighborhoods where men of color make up the vast majority of murder and shooting victims.

“Many of us believe that ‘stop and frisk’ is an important tool to fighting crime, but we need to do it in a way that protects the constitutional and civil rights of individuals,” Stringer said.

A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Brooklyn declined comment.

What are your thoughts on the NYPD’s ‘Stop And Frisk’ Policy?  Share your thoughts in the comments section…

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  • CStyles

    They can hide behind whatever stats they want but the bottom line is they are infringing upon our CIVIL RIGHTS! AS AMERICANS WE HAVE RIGHTS, that means u CAN NOT be stopped & frisked for no apparent reason other than your race or what neighborhood u live in. There are bad apples on both sides of this, minorities do commit the bulk of crimes committed in certain areas but by labeling a certain race or look or aged males is not how police should operate. This is discrimination & it is a violation of our rights, THEY ARE PROFILING NOT POLICING

  • Kazoo

    Why don’t they release where these stops were made. I would tend to believe that they were made in high crime areas. Just so happens that the majority of people living in these neighborhoods are black and/or hispanic. Not trying to sound racist just stating facts. The people sould actually be happy that at least the Police are attempting to make their neighborhoods safer. Eric Adams has ALWAYS been a RACIST, and Stringer is just looking for votes when he runs for mayor. Outside of a few really lousy cops the vast majority of the NYPD are good people.

    • Akachi Yobachi Kuang-Quarless

      I strongly agree with you brother……..

  • John

    Not racial profiling, Mr. Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and state Sen. Eric Adams
    This is why:

    • Chris

      So based on this 1 incident your saying this is ok?

      • John

        This is one of a million “incidents” whick is not just an incident, but a violent crime. Yes it is OK.

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