City Councilman Launches Legislative Effort To Reduce ‘Stop-And-Frisks’

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — A New York City Council member is launching a legislative effort to reduce the number of “stop-and-frisk” searches.

Councilman Jumaane Williams led a protest rally on the steps of City Hall Wednesday in which demonstrators chanted “No justice, no peace, no profiling our streets.”

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“I’m preaching that the police are our community partners and we must work with them for the betterment of all, but it is an uphill battle when they feel police are not out there to protect them, but rather to target them,” Williams said.

Williams has introduced a package of bills that would ban racial profiling, require police to seek consent before searching someone without a warrant and require police to give their name and rank to subjects that they stop.

Earlier in February, new numbers showed more than 680,000 stop-and-frisks were conducted by the NYPD in 2011. That number was a 14 percent increase from 2010.

More than 4 out of 5 individuals stopped were black or Latino.

Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito, of East Harlem called the rally a “Tidal wave against a sea of injustice.”

“Anytime that we ban together demanding accountability and transparency is a good day. Anytime that we ban together, demanding justice is a good day,” she said.

Mark-Viverito said the landmark bills being introduced in the City Council show that “we are not standing silent anymore” and that transparency and accountability in policing were are the way.

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  1. Robert says:

    It is indeed a tragedy anytime ANY innocent person is killed… That being said..is it really worse now or when 2,000 people a year were murdered..mostly minority on minority murders. Because of the NYPD thousands of people, mostly minority adults and children are alive….and to that I say: Bravo NYPD!

  2. retired NYPD Detective says:

    This nonsense will never pass the City Council. Why is it even getting press? He might as well have proposed that frisks are optional for the person. You know what? If 3 guys are in a tight huddle in a school yard when it’s dark and spread out when a police car passes by, there is a REALLY good % that they’re dealing something or worth frisking. Our laws and law enforcement tactics are what keep innocent people SAFE in a large city like NYC. Let’s not make the NYPD sound like Hitler’s SS or Gestapo OK?? The system is NOT perfect is neither is the NYPD, but it works and it’s the only way to keep all races and people safe..

    1. MIKE says:

      THE THREE OF YOU ARE FOOLS! UNTIL YOUR CHILDREN IS SHOT AND KILLED U WILL THINK AGAIN. IT NOT ABOUT RACE ITS ABOUT RESPECTING PEOPLE WHICH YOU PEOPLE HAVE NO RESPECT FOR ANY MINORITIES.
      WHAY IS IT THAT YOU PEOPLE ALWAYS THINK YOU’RE ABOVE THE LAW???
      I WISH I WAS A COP I WOULD STOP EVERY CAUCASION KID AND TICKET THEM FOR NO REASON.

  3. Robert says:

    Where may I ask are the other “Racial Arsonists”…AKA Charles Barron, Eric Adams..and of course..Rev Al Sharpton?…….imagine if the NYPD went back to the way it used to be…where it was common to be mugged in broad daylight in midtown……
    I say this: NYPD, keep up the whatever you’re doing..IT WORKS!

    1. Harland Sexton says:

      Only one post here so far … and everything about it seems to work … If I were an editor I would say, “Good job, Robert!” …

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