According to the largest city-wide poll of its kind, getting stopped by the cops negatively affects a person’s view of the local police department.
The Wall Street Journal reports that of the 17,340 NYC residents surveyed, 24% have been stopped by the police at least once in the past year. After being stopped once, residents were 25% less likely to say that the cops were doing a good job in their neighborhood. Additional stop resulted in a 58% drop of approval.
Not shockingly, there is a racial bent to the statistics, just like with all the data on “broken windows” theory policing and stop-and-frisks — which the WSJ reminds has been ruled “unconstitutional because they disproportionately targeted minorities who didn’t do anything wrong.” Of those arrested, 46% of whites said “police adequately explained the reason” and only 29% of African-Americans and 32% of Hispanics had the same experience.