Stop And Frisk Policy

Patch of New York City Police Department

Patch of New York City Police Department (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The current stop and frisk policy in New York creates paranoia amongst many young people. In 2011, the NYPD made over 684,000 street stops. This is a 603% increase since 2002. Young people often describe how they are roughly handled in an attempt to induce anger in the young person being frisked which will in turn force the person to react in a way that may be perceived as an attack on a police officer.

Stop and frisk disproportionately impacts Black and Latina communities. While there is often the argument that it is an effective way of policing in violent communities, it is clearly conducted in a way that profiles people racially. Research shows that 9 times out of 10, a young person from the ethnic groups mentioned above is stopped and frisked.

The effect of the program is to create fear and mistrust. As long as this policy continues, we will see a growing number of young people from the current generation hold on to the mistrust they have of those who enforce the law.

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