Stop-and-frisk policy faces reform

February 6, 2014

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio made the announcement in Brooklyn that the NYPD was going under reform to end the disputed stop-and-frisk controversies on Jan. 30.

In the ruling on Floyd vs. City of New York last August, the stop-and-frisk policy was found to racially profile blacks and Hispanics.

“We are taking significant corrective action to fix what is broken,” de Blasio said in his announcement. “I am proud to announce today, that the City of New York is taking a major step to resolve the years-long legal battle over stop-and-frisk.”

Newly appointed Police Commissioner Bill Bratton followed de Blasio with his own statement.

“Stop, question and frisk as it’s been practiced in this city for the last several years, has not met [the] obligation or responsibility [to public safety],” Bratton said. “Instead of securing confidence, it instead has raised doubts and concerns about the police force in this city. And to that end, we need to have resolution.”

The reforms to the policy include implementing an independent monitor of the FDNY. Several proposed actions — such as revising the policies on racial profiling and attaching videos to police officers to monitor their actions — have not received approval from the courts yet.

Steinhardt sophomore Grace Plihal, who led a protest against shop-and-frisk in November, said de Blasio’s actions will be beneficial in reforming stop-and-frisk policies but doubts his stance will make a significant change in ending the practice.

“I believe that de Blasio’s reform is a step in the right direction,” Plihal said. “Simply changing a law won’t stop them from [using the stop-and-frisk policy].”

Police officers stopped and searched Poly sophomore Justin Sutton in November while he was walking to school.

“[Cops pushed] me up against their car and said that they got a report for a robbery and I matched the description,” Sutton said. “When I told them I was going to school they said they didn’t believe me. I felt violated and was offended by what happened.”

Sutton is hopeful that the mayor will stay true to his words.

“Well, he said he plans to drop the appeal against the case,” Sutton said. “I hope he follows through on his word, I have faith that he’ll do the right thing.”

A version of this article appeared in the Thursday, Feb. 6 print edition. Larson Binzer is a deputy news editor. Email her at lbinzer@nyunews.com. 

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