The New York police official who will coordinate the department's crime-fighting strategy told the New York Daily News that he was stopped by police during a visit to his Brooklyn home during a college break. “I didn't like it,” said Philip Banks, the new Chief of Department. The memory of being mistreated by police has influenced Banks' thinking but it has not kept him from endorsing the city's controversial practice of stopping and frisking people acting suspiciously in an effort to take guns off the street.
“I certainly believe that stop, question and frisk is an effective strategy when it's done correctly,” Banks said. Banks, 50, who was born in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, said the stop took place when he was home from college in the early 1980s and was visiting the block he used to live on. The graduate of Lincoln College, a historically black school in Pennsylvania, said he and friends were in front of a building that had recently been the scene of drug dealing when three cops approached.