Dear Commissioner Kelly, Stop-And-Frisk Isn’t Worth Infringing Civil Rights

05.25.12 David Lumb

“In fact, the city’s murder rate started dropping long before Kelly’s current tenure as [NYPD] commissioner, and there’s no evidence stop-and-frisk had anything to do with it.

There were 2,245 murders in 1990. By 2001, the year before Bloomberg hired Kelly, the number of murders had dropped to 649. That total fell to 587 in 2002, the year before the commissioner initiated his aggressive stop-and-frisk regime.

At bottom, the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk regime represents a civil rights violation – one that disproportionally targets young black and Latino men. Though they make up only 4.7% of the city’s population, black and Latino males between the ages of 14 and 24 accounted for 41.6% of stops in 2011. The number of stops of young black men exceeded the city’s entire population of young black men.”

in an Op-Ed for the New York Daily News, New York Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Donna Lieberman isn’t buying Police Commissioner Ray Kelly’s claims that stop-and-frisk has saved thousands of lives – or that it’s worth violating the citizens who were found faultless in 605,328 of last year’s 685,724 stops.

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