Stop-and-Frisk Makes Young Adults Less Willing to Report Violent Crimes, Study Says


Stop-and-frisk policing leads to so much mistrust of police officers that many young adults won't report violent crimes even when they are the ones victimized, reports the New York Daily News. The Vera Institute of Justice study found a stunning correlation between those who have been stopped and frisked, and an unwillingness to cooperate with the police. For every additional time someone was stopped, that person was 8 percent less likely to report a violent crime, the researchers found.

“Our main finding is pretty plain and simple: Stop-and-frisk is compromising the trust needed for public safety,” lead researcher Jennifer Fratello said. The study surveyed 500 men and women ages 18 to 25 in five “highly patrolled” New York City neighborhoods who said they had been stopped at least once by cops. Of those surveyed, 46 percent said cops had used physical force on them, and 29 percent said they were never given a reason for why they were stopped. Researchers said the experience of being stopped affects the willingness of young adults to cooperate with the police.

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