Council Speaker Criticizes NYPD’s ‘Stop-and-Frisk’ Policy


Christine Quinn, speaker of the New York City Council, on Tuesday issued her sharpest criticism of how the NYPD has carried out its stop-and-frisk policy, saying the tactic has sometimes “sown distrust” in minority communities, reports the Wall Street Journal. In a letter to Commissioner Raymond Kelly, Quinn acknowledged the practice—in which police stop people on the street and occasionally frisk them—has helped drive down crime rates. But she said police were falling short in several areas and outlined a plan to change the policy.

“I am concerned that a rift has developed between the police department and New Yorkers—particularly New Yorkers of color,” Quinn’s letter said. “Much of this division is centered around stop, question and frisk practices.” Since Mr. Bloomberg took office a decade ago, the number of stop-and-frisks has surged, rising to 601,055 in 2010 from 97,296 in 2002.

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