New York City police officers stopped, questioned, and frisked people 34 percent fewer times in recent months, and a contributing factor appears to be that police commanders have grown wary of pushing for such stops at daily roll calls, reports the New York Times. The statistic was reported first by the New York Post. The Times says that “some say” there is a general feeling of unease about the tactic, with officers choosing not to question people they might have stopped before.
The decline suggests that officers are unsure whether the political support remains for street stops, long a focal point of Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly's crime-fighting strategy. Three court rulings have raised questions about police use of the tactic, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Kelly have put in place new measures aimed at ensuring lawful stops. “Cops are nervous, and supervisors are nervous” about the stop-and-frisk said a police supervisor who refused to be identified. There were 203,500 stops in the first three months of this year, a record number. In the second quarter, police stopped 133,934 people.