NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) –– There has been a curious development in the city’s controversial stop-and-frisk program. The number of stops has dropped dramatically — but crime has continued to fall.
It may come under the law of startling developments.
While the city’s stop-and-frisk program is literally on trial in federal court and is eating up much of the air in the mayoral campaign, word has come down that when cops stopped doing it so much; those committing crimes also stopped doing it so much.
CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer tried to get an explanation for the new trend from NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly on Tuesday.
Kramer: “I wonder how you explain the fact while stop-and-frisk numbers are down 51 percent, murder is also down 30 percent and crime is down 2.7 percent?”
Kelly: “Because it’s a lot more than stop and frisk we’re doing. I mean, people want to simplify it and say that’s why crime is down. Of course not. It’s simply a tool in the toolbox.”