De Blasio Calls for Bloomberg to Reduce Number of Stop and Frisk Incidents

Public advocate says tactic is causing tension between communities and law enforcement.

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio has called on Mayor Michael Bloomberg to reduce the number of unwarranted "stop and frisk" searches by city police officers.

During a speaking engagement at Astoria's Ravenswood Houses, de Blasio said he believed the tactic was creating distrust between some of the city's communities and law enforcement officials.

"This starts and ends with the mayor," he said. "This police tactic has gotten out of control under his watch and it's his job to bring it under control. The path we are on is making this city less safe."

The public advocate said NYPD officers made a total 680,000 stops in 2011 and that 87 percent of those stopped were black or Latino.

He also said he planned to launch an online petition calling for Bloomberg to issue an executive order to reduce the number of stop and frisks.

Representatives from the NYPD and the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association could not be reached for comment.

Patch wants to know: Do you believe stop and frisk tactics help keep the city safer or do they unfairly target specific populations in the five boroughs?
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PAT May 10, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Ken May 10, 2012 at 05:45 PM
What does the ethnic makeup of an area have to do with stop and frisk? If a person is acting suspicious, I'm glad that the police do stop and talk/frisk them. It doesn't bother me if I get stopped...I have nothing to hide. Think about this...if the police get a report of a crime being committed, and the "suspect" is a person of color, or hispanic, or whatever, who should they stop and frisk...a white person? Most of the stop and frisks are being done in predominately "minority" areas. As a result, the crime rate has decreased (especially minority against minority) in these areas. Stop listening to people like Charles Barron, Al Sharpton, et al. NYC is a lot safer today than it was 20 years ago...and stop and frisk has a lot to do with it. As the Police Commissioner stated, "if you have a better idea, than what is it?"
Parksloper May 11, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Exactly Ken. All these people screaming racism ad nauseam have no solution to solve these crimes.
rick sanchez May 11, 2012 at 07:15 PM
parksloper and ken, if it makes you feel better, i'll just call you idiots rather than racists. stop and frisks do not decrease the rate of crime. they are ostensibly done to stop violent crime, they almost never result in the discovery of weapons. they do however, lead to drug arrests. yet minorities do not use or deal drugs at rates appreciably different from whites. yet there they go to jail. but don't worry, it's all race neutral. just look at our jails.
Dios Thunders July 21, 2012 at 01:31 PM
stop and frisk and racial profiling and IT IS RACIAL created crimminals more than prevent It makes people resent the cops not respect them & the law. They need to stop telling cops go out andbring me a quota of tickets and busts. Because they DO DO THAT! And as far as people caught with weed its more often a white person who has some on them and they dont get stopped for no reason as do ethic people always do. Just ask around I am not black but I am not blind ask a bunch of black & latino men, then ask whites. Youll hear the difference! POLICE CORUPPTION is at a all time HIGH! Police know whos involved with crimminal activity but more often do nothing to help crime or people in need, they rather do the easier thing Hassel people and YES eat doughnuts drink coffee eat while driving and talk on cell phones and text not ware seat belts , theyll bust YOU for that butthey do it all the times I SEE IT ALL THE TIME! THEY create a feeling of THEY THE ENEMY and of one of disrespect for laws and resent ment THEY CREATE CRIMMINALS! it must stop!


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