Sources: Shootings Up In New York City Since Stop-And-Frisk Ruling
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There has been a spike in shootings across New York City since a federal judge ruled against the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk program, according to new crime statistics.
In the 28 days ending Sept. 8 since Judge Shira Scheindlin deemed the practice unconstitutional, shootings went up nearly 13 percent, sources told CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer on Thursday.
According to statistics from the NYPD’s CompStat system, there were 140 shootings in the city during that time period, compared to 124 for the same period in 2012, Kramer reported.
In addition, gun seizures were down 17 percent — 239 this year compared to 289 in 2012. There were 164 gunshot victims, up 9 percent from 150 in 2012. The number of gun charges were down a little more than 15 percent, according to the figures.
John Jay College of Criminal Justice professor Eugene O’Donnell, a former police officer, said he is deeply troubled by the new numbers.
“New Yorkers need to be reminded this is not an isolated situation,” he said. “You have many cities where police are basically off the playing field. They drive around, they’re not engaged, and bad guys take over the street.”
“The cops in the radio cars in the neighborhoods in this city are taking one giant step back in light of this kind of attacking of them,” O’Donnell added. “They’re starting to say is it in my best interest to do the kind of police work that will make the city safe and attack disorder?”
This comes as a new Vera Institute of Justice study showed that stop-and-frisk has eroded trust between communities and the police, causing less cooperation with law enforcement.
It also found that young people who have been stopped more frequently in the past are less willing to report crimes, even when they are victims, themselves.
“It manifests itself in the likelihood of cooperation with law enforcement. We found that that was low across the board — the likelihood of reporting a crime, one that happened to a either a young person or to someone else that they knew or something they know about, as well as things like cooperating with a court,” the Vera Institute’s Jennifer Fratella said.
But O’Donnell said the uptick in crime offers a cautionary tale for the Big Apple.
“What we’re starting to see now is a picture of what looks like an all-out attack, overkill really, on policing and police officers in New York City and that’s a really big mistake,” he said.
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“Ordering a stay now would send precisely the wrong signal,” Scheindlin wrote in her ruling. “It would essentially confirm that the past practices, resulting in hundreds of thousands of stops — overwhelmingly of minorities — that resulted in little or no enforcement action or seizure of contraband were justified and based on constitutional police practices.”
Scheindlin did not order an end to the practice. Instead, she appointed an independent monitor to oversee changes to the policy.
The NYCLU applauded Tuesday’s decision, saying, “This ruling sends the Bloomberg administration a clear message: No more stalling. It is time end the NYPD’s abusive and discriminatory stop-and-frisk practices.”
Mayor Michael Bloomberg as well as Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and others have argued the program has helped keep New Yorkers safe.
Law enforcement sources told Kramer that since the judge’s ruling, police have been reluctant to act for fear of being sued.
Kelly said one month of numbers is not enough to establish a trend, but added that proactive policing was the main reason crime had reached record lows.
“Obviously, there is a generalized concern that these pieces of legislation — the City Council, the judge’s decision — may have somewhat of a chilling effect on officers’ engagement,” Kelly told reporters, including WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb. “We have to be concerned.”
Last month, the City Council overrode Bloomberg’s veto of legislation calling for an outside watchdog for the police force and making it easier for people to file profiling claims against the NYPD.
While Kelly said he believes the ruling against stop-and-frisk should be appealed, on Thursday he described successes against gang or crew violence across the city, 1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa reported.
“We have about 40 active investigations now on these crews,” Kelly said.
Kelly said the NYPD has beefed up the gang division by 100 percent.
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