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Jeffries Blasts NYPD Stop-And-Frisk Record

The Assemblyman called the rise in street interrogations “an abuse of power.”

According to recently released numbers, the NYPD stopped and interrogated six times the number of people on the street last year – with 87 percent being black or Latino – as compared to 2002.

Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries called the rise in stop-and-frisks “an abuse of power that perpetuates distrust between the NYPD and the communities it serves.”

"It is unacceptable that hundreds of thousands of individuals, who have done nothing wrong, are being targeted and dehumanized on the streets on New York," said Jeffries. "The disproportionate number of blacks and Latinos stopped and frisked has increased year after year - indicating fundamental flaws in the execution of the stop-and-frisk policy.”

The New York Civil Liberties Union released the report this week, showing that the NYPD stopped and interrogated people 684,330 times in 2011, the highest total in the practice's recorded history. That's a 14 percent increase from 2010, and a 603 percent since 2002. While about 87 percent of those stopped were black or Latino, only 9 percent were white.

In July 2010, Jeffries and State Senator Eric Adams sponsored a bill that would make it illegal for police officers to add to an electronic database the names and addresses of every person they stop, question and frisk. Then-Governor Paterson signed it into law that month, but there is currently no law that prohibits stop-and-frisks all together.

The NYPD has defended the stop-and-frisk policy by arguing that it has helped take about 800 guns off the street.

Joe Gonzalez February 17, 2012 at 06:47 PM
I have said it before and I now say it again: it is time to make the NYPD Police Commissioner's post an elected offfice and require Ray Kelly to be elected by the City residents instead of appointed by the Mayor. Indeed all over the USA police officials are elected to their posts. I have posted about this for the past two years and I have even spoken to Assemblymember Hakeem Jefferies to ask him to submit legislation to mandate elections for NYPD police Commissioner. To date Mr. Jefferies has NOT done so. he needs to explain to the public WHY HASN'T HE DONE SO.
Peter Engel February 18, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Joe - He hasn't done it because the political will to do so doesn't exist, nor is it practical within the confines of NYC's charter. I agree Kelly should go, but making the PC electable isn't the easy answer you seem to think it it.
pat February 19, 2012 at 05:12 AM
It's because Jeffries is what you call a politician. It is a career for these people. When a person has a career they do and say things that will benefit their career. Jeffries knows that in NYC, a large percentage of Black neighborhoods and Latino neighborhoods have a lot of crime. I think stop and frisk is a great idea, as long as it is conducted in a professional manner. The Blacks and Latino communities should have curbed the behavior of their own people way before it had to come to this. You made your bed now sleep in it. By the way I am Latino and I am not impressed by what my people have done to this city. I do not mind being targeted in a Hispanic neighborhood, if Hispanics are committing most of the crimes. One stop and frisk can save lives, but you knuckleheads are so caught up in a dream reality where everything is just perfect in the Black and Latino communities of NYC. How about you ask Jeffries to send a condolence letter to the lady that was just raped by four Black teens in her apartment. That won't happen because it was not a Black woman that was targeted. Give me a break and get a clue. A stop and frisk of those monsters would have produced a weapon. Stop and frisk all day long if these kinds of malicious crimes can be stopped.

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