Developers of NYC Stop-and-Frisk Tactics Train Detroit Traffic Officers


Detroit traffic cops are training to become more aggressive in trying to stop crime. The Detroit News calls it the city’s version of the controversial stop-and-frisk police tactic that's under scrutiny New York City. The Manhattan Institute and Bratton Group, consultants hired to shape Detroit Police Department policy, helped develop New York's stop-and-frisk program that was ruled unconstitutional by U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin, who said police unfairly targeted blacks and Hispanics.

In Detroit, the consultants are implementing a stop-and-frisk initiative in which traffic officers are training to “prevent street crime through the use of traffic stops.” Assistant Police Chief Eric Ewing said the campaign is an extension of a longstanding practice. “We're already a stop-and-frisk agency; we've been doing it for years,” he said. “That's just another way to say 'proactive policing.'” Ewing said Detroit police don't specifically target minorities, but can't avoid stopping them in a city populated mostly by African-Americans. “I can understand everyone's concern about profiling, but Detroit's population is mostly African-American, so of course we're going to stop more black people,” Ewing said. “That's not racial profiling; that's just good police work.”

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