Comey’s Hometown Yonkers Starts “Stop & Shake” To Improve Police Relations


FBI director James Comey’s speech on race and policing last week drew praise for its candor, says NPR. “It’s rare that someone of his stature can be so honest and say, ‘Yeah, but we all have prejudices,’ ” says Karen Edmonson, a former president of the NAACP chapter in Yonkers, N.Y., Comey’s hometown. Edmonson is a critic of the police department there. She helped push the Department of Justice to investigate complaints of police misconduct in Yonkers, an investigation that is continuing.

Last fall, Hector Santiago, 27, a community activist and former gang member, brought Yonkers police Capt. John Mueller an idea called “stop-and-shake,” a play on “stop and frisk.” The idea is to get regular people to stop a cop on the street, shake hands and introduce themselves, maybe even snap a quick selfie together to post on social media. Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and Police Commissioner Charles Gardner officially announced a “Stop & Shake” campaign yesterday.

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