Stop and Frisk Criticized


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NYPD graduation ceremony in Madison Square Garden, July 2005. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Stop and Frisk as used in New York is in my mind the commission of a series of crimes in the hope of deterring other crime. The New York City Police Department commits crimes by frisking using racial profiling and quotas not legitimate police methods. There is no way you can within the law stop and frisk people based on pigmentation and an arbitrary number of stops while still passing constitutional muster.

 

 

 

But I’m also worried about the effect this has on the individual policeman. If the public is just a series of quota targets to be harassed, searched or arrested, when does doing justice or serving the public come into the question? At what point, does police work become the practice of an occupying military force as opposed to public service? What does this practice do to public perception of police? When does a police department become a military force to be used at the discretion of its leadership (like below)?

 

 

 

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, speaking at

MIT on Wednesday about the city’s workforce, overreached with his

description of the police force which has been lambasted for pepper

spraying protesters lining Wall Street in recent weeks.

 

 

 

‘I have my own army in the NYPD, which is the seventh largest army in the world,’ he said.

 

 

 

If the police are an army to be used at the whim of a mayor, the goals of law enforcement are being threatened by politicization. This is poor policy.

 

 

 

Public trust and cooperation are critical elements in police work. The public is not a single community but a variety of communities based on economics, race and geography. Writing one or two off is bad police work and will have critical long term results.

 

 

 

Stop and frisk as a form of pre-emptive strike against minority crime is clearly unconstitutional.

 

 

 

It needs to end now.

 

 

 

James Pilant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NYPD Officer Adhyl Polanco Speaks Out Against Stop And Frisk In Video

 

 

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/08/nypd-stop-and-frisk_n_4066335.html

 

 

 

Adhyl Polanco, an officer since 2005, has become an outspoken critic of the NYPD\’s policy, which critics say disproportionately targets blacks and Latinos for police stops. He recorded his supervisors asking beat cops to meet a monthly arrest quota and testified in the recent federal trial that found New York City\’s use of stop and frisk unconstitutional.

 

 

 

\”This is not what I became a cop for,\” Polanco says of stop and frisk in the video, which was produced by the reform advocacy group Communities United for Police Reform and released on YouTube on Monday. \”This is not what I wanted to do.\”

 

 

 

A Vera Institute of Justice study released last month found that the experience of being stopped made New Yorkers less likely to trust the police. New York City is currently appealing a federal judge\’s recent ruling against stop and frisk, which prompted outrage from critics at a Monday rally.

 

 

 

via NYPD Officer Adhyl Polanco Speaks Out Against Stop And Frisk In Video.

 

 

 

From around the web.

 

 

 

From the web site, The Bronx Beat.

 

 

 

http://thebronxbeat.wordpress.com/2013/07/17/stop-and-frisk-intended-for-minorities/

 

 

 

Mayor Bloomberg has always been a strong

supporter of the New York Police Department. After Mayor Bloomberg Came

into office, those stopped and frisked has increased by more than 600%

reported nyclu.com (New York Civil Liberties). He has vetoed two bills

that were supposed to reform the stop and frisk policy that has caught

the attention of so many, especially those of minority groups reported

slate.com

 

 

 

Minority groups have always been the red

dot on the dart board, the scapegoats, the ones to who get slapped in

the head and no one gets punished. Thousands of Latinos and African

Americans are stopped and frisked on a yearly basis; up to 85% according

to slate.com. Mayor Bloomberg is convince that this is a very

productive policy.

 

 

 

The stop and frisk policy is not only

embarrassing but also condescending. Often times the police racially

profile young men on the streets and if they fit a certain description

then they must be guilty of something. The system is meant uphold white

supremacy as long as possible and this scheme of theirs shouldn’t be a

shocker when we recall historical events.

 

 

 

From the web site, The Bronx Beat.

 

 

 

http://thebronxbeat.wordpress.com/2013/07/17/prejudiced-policies/

 

 

 

As he walks home, a man of color is susceptible to be stopped and

frisked by police. Why? Because he simply looks suspicious to them.

Wearing baggy clothing alone could tempt an abusive police officer to

stop him. This man who was stopped can easily be a certified lawyer, a

college student, or even a hardworking father. This man could have been

very busy. However, he patiently waits to ensure that the police collect

evidence of his “unlawful” behavior – which most of the time turn out

to be perfectly legal.

 

 

 

Government abuse like the one mentioned above is a daily routine for

people of color. Whether they like it or not, race remains an essential

element that aids the police to their main targets, and they, whether

they are adults or teenagers, have to live with it.

 

 

 

Blacks, Hispanics and other minority groups who simply look

“threatening” to those stereotyping them have to deal with intrusive

police suspicion. They must endure frequent subway searches that prove

to lessen the amount of street crime and violence in New York State.

 

 

 

From the web site, The Bronx Beat.

 

 

 

http://thebronxbeat.wordpress.com/2013/07/17/stop-and-frisk-colored-people-only/

 

 

 

“Judging by the cover of the book,” A mentality is drawn upon certain

races so when an authority sees that race, already, he or she is

thinking that this person might be doing something illegal.

 

 

 

The Stop and Frisk policy is a policy that over years has caused

problems to many people and their lives. The simple idea of stopping,

when asked to then later being let go because you’re safe is more

embarrassing and hurtful then actually being caught if you had some sort

of bad possession on you. Why do I say this? Because it’s embarrassing

and hurtful to be stopped and frisked because you’re being suspected of

something, the reason being you’re dressed a certain way and/or your

race.

 

 

 

Police Work is not a Business


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Officers Say NYPD Sets Quotas For Stop-And-Frisks And Arrests | ThinkProgress

New York police officers testified this week that their office set quotas for both the number of police stops and arrests. Officers Adhyl Polanco and Pedro Serrano are two of the more than 100 witnesses to testify during a trial in a class action challenge to the New York Police Department’s rampant use of “stop and frisks,” a practice with constitutional implications in which an officer stops someone suspected of a crime, and may subsequently frisk that individual if they have justification for doing so.

The Department has conducted more than 5 million stops since Mayor Bloomberg took office in 2002, more than 85 percent of which targeted blacks or Latinos and only 12 percent of which resulted in criminal charges. Both Serrano and Polanco testified that supervisors required at least 20 summonses and one arrest each month, and that they were pressured to stop individuals — regardless of the grounds for doing so —  under threat of punishment. Polanco also said police later added a stop-and-frisk quota of five per month. During the trial, Polanco played an exchange he recorded in 2009. The New York Daily News reports:

In the tapes, one of Polanco’s supervisors is heard demanding that cops make their “20 and 1” quota and lambasting those who came up short.

“If you want to be a zero, I’ll treat you like a zero,” patrol Sgt. Marvin Bennett fumed on tape.

Polanco also recorded his patrol commander, Lt. Andrew Valenzano, telling officers to meet their quotas by ticketing bicyclists.

“If you see people over there on bikes, carrying the bags, you know, good stops,” Valenzano says on tape. “That’s what we need.”

Officer Angel Herran, a union delegate, was taped telling officers the quota was agreed to “in this last contract.”

“They’re telling you to ‘go make money,’ ” Herran is heard saying.

Officers Say NYPD Sets Quotas For Stop-And-Frisks And Arrests | ThinkProgress

 

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Best Use of Police Time?


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NYPD Spent 1 Million Hours Over Last Decade On Marijuana Arrests, Analysis Finds | ThinkProgress

New York Police Department officers have spent 1 million hours making 440,000 marijuana arrests between 2002 and 2012, according to a new report from the Drug Policy Alliance. DPA put together the data in response to a request from New York City and New York State, as they consider measures to decriminalize marijuana. Each of these arrests can cost $1,000 to $2,000, according to a 2011 DPA estimate, costing New York City $75 million in just a single year (2010). The report explains:

In our ongoing research about marijuana possession arrests in New York, we have found that a basic misdemeanor arrest for marijuana possession in New York City varied from a minimum of two or three hours for one officer, to four or five hours or even longer for multiple officers. […]

NYPD Spent 1 Million Hours Over Last Decade On Marijuana Arrests, Analysis Finds | ThinkProgress

 

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New York Police Hammered Occupy Wall Street Protestors


14 Specific Allegations of NYPD Brutality During Occupy Wall Street – Conor Friedersdorf – The Atlantic

Of the 14, I have selected this one for this posting. I would like all of you to read Mr. Friedersdorf’s full article.

A member of the Research Team witnessed officers arresting a protester. A number of officers took the protester to the ground, and restrained him as he lay face-first on the street. The Research Team member heard the protester cry out, and knelt down to observe the arrest. She then witnessed an officer pull back his leg and kick the protester hard in the face. Another witness also saw the incident. Efforts to obtain the badge number of the responsible officer were thwarted by police, who refused to identify the officer and then took him away in a police van.

14 Specific Allegations of NYPD Brutality During Occupy Wall Street – Conor Friedersdorf – The Atlantic

 

 

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Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna says He’d Do It Again!


‘I’d do it again,’ says police commander filmed pepper spraying the faces of women at Occupy Wall Street protest

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2051870/Occupy-Wall-Street-pepper-spray-cop-Anthony-Bologna-Id-again.html#ixzz1bRO8GF3p

Well, the raw courage of firing pepper spray into the faces of women safely behind a barrier and then quickly walking away once again demonstrates on the part of Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna, a monumental lack of understanding of police procedures and department guidelines.

Don’t give me any nonsense about police fearing for their lives or any other crap. I’ve seen the video several times. I teach courses in criminal justice and know police procedure. You do not quell crowds by pepper spraying peaceful protestors behind barricades. That is likely to provoke the crowd which could endanger other officers. It’s exactly the opposite of what you are supposed to do. It’s difficult to come up with any other interpretation than Anthony Bologna did not like the politics of the demonstrators and misused his authority to harm them to send a message. The worse interpretation possible is that he may  have intended to incite the crowd to violence.

Two weeks loss of pay is a pretty thin penalty for this kind of action. I would go for six weeks suspension without pay.

James Pilant

 

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