Stop and frisk policy
The head of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association on Tuesday issued sharp criticism of the city’s plan to reduce surging gun violence.
With murders up double digits and his crime-fighting reputation on the line, Mayor Bill de Blasio has vowed to “get a lot of guns away from the bad guys.”
“You’ve had months and months to fix this problem. Instead mayor, you did nothing. You did nothing. We had to do something for you,” Democrat Jumaane Williams said.
The NYPD “stop and frisk” policy is set to face its biggest legal challenge this week, with a federal civil rights trial on whether the tactic unfairly targets minorities.
NAACP President Benjamin Jealous denounced the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy in a sermon Sunday, and announced a second wave of activism against the policy.
It’s called “Operation: Clean Halls,” but critics said the trespassing stops by the NYPD are anything but clean.
Now, every time force is used during a so-called stop and frisk in New York, the officer will have to check a box stating the reason.
It happens dozens of times a day all around the city — police stop and frisk someone they think is acting suspiciously. But a Brooklyn man said he wasn’t doing anything wrong when he was stopped and frisked in front of his own house recently.