Hundreds of protesters gathered at City Hall Thursday to support the city council's Community Safety Act that would modify the NYPD's controversial stop-and-frisk practice. The rally, put together by Communities United for Police Reform (CPR), pushed the passage of the legislative package.
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Manhattan — Líderes hispanos solicitaron ayer la reforma legislativa del Departamento de Policía de Nueva York pidiendo que se apruebe la Ley de Seguridad Comunitaria (Community Safety Act).
Riko Guzman said today on the steps of City Hall that when he was 11 years old he was with friends on his Bronx neighborhood sidewalk “doing nothing” when a police officer stopped and frisked him.
City Councilman Peter Vallone offered an interesting claim in yesterday's tab. He said a stop and frisk bill being considered by the council could cost the city $1 billion a year. We think he might be over-stating things.
Some New York City police officers say they’ve been pressured by their bosses to reduce the number of felony incidents reported, in an effort to keep crime statistics low, reported the New York Times.
Shari Archibald’s black handbag sat at her feet on the sidewalk in front of her Bronx home on a recent summer night. The two male officers crouched over her leather bag and rooted around inside, elbow-deep. One officer fished out a tampon and then a sanitary napkin, crinkling the waxy orange wrapper between his fingers in search of drugs. Next he pulled out a tray of foil-covered pills, Ms. Archibald recalled.
Stop-and-frisks are down, Dave Seifman reported today, and critics of the practice don't much care.
"If past is prologue, we can expect that NYPD officers subjected at least 1,000 innocent New Yorkers a day to humiliating and unjustified street stops," New York Civil Liberties Union's executive director Donna Lieberman said in a statement. "That is nothing to brag about."
San Francisco's mayor Ed Lee recently said that he's considering adopting a stop-and-frisk strategy similar to one employed by the New York Police Department under Ray Kelly.
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has recently adopted a somewhat conciliatory tone with critics of the police department’s stop-and-frisk practice, pledging that police officers will be trained to behave more courteously and promising that the number of stops will decline.