New York State black and Latino lawmakers, fed up over the frequency with which
New York City police officers are stopping and frisking minority men, are
battling what they say is a racial divide as they push legislation to rein in
the practice, the New York Times reports. Many who object to the practice say
that they have themselves been stopped by the police for reasons they believe
were related to race.
Senator Kevin Parker of Brooklyn recalled several occasions when, as a high
school student walking home, he was stopped by the police, patted down, told to
empty his pockets, produce identification, and divulge his destination. Many
white legislators have remained silent on the issue, or have supported the
police, revealing a racial gap over attitudes toward the practice. “There is an
ethnic divide on who’s being stopped and frisked, and there is an ethnic divide
on who’s fighting against the policy,” said State Senator Eric Adams, a retired
police captain from Brooklyn.