NYPD’s ‘Stop and Frisk’ Doesn’t Fight Crime or Get Guns Off the Street, Study Reveals
The NYPD loves to tout crime fighting as its rationale for randomly harassing African-American and Latino men, but a new report from DNAinfo reveals that the stop and frisk program hasn’t increased the number of guns seized by police. In fact, the number of guns seized by police has dropped since the program was instituted:
During the past two years alone, the number of firearms seized by police has fallen 13.5 percent from 3,908 in 2009 with 510,742 frisks, to 3,443 last year, when the NYPD stopped and frisked a record-busting 685,724 New Yorkers.And last week the NYPD reported that during the first half of this year, firearm seizures continues to fall to 1,613, compared to 1,705 during the first six months of last year. The downturn came as the NYPD conducted 337,434 stops-and-frisks — a figure that keeps the NYPD on pace to match last year’s record-busting total.
By comparison, during Bloomberg’s first year in office in 2002, the NYPD recovered 4,069 guns — but the police stop-and-frisked only 96,000 people that year, according to NYPD data.
The NYPD, of course, has an answer for everything, and says its officers have seized fewer guns because people are aware that they may be randomly searched and don’t carry guns.
An earlier report by DNAinfo has also found that stop and frisk has not reduced gun violence. So what is the purpose of the program since it hasn’t reduced violence or increased the number of guns seized? What is the rationale? There doesn’t seem to be one. The only thing the NYPD has succeeded in doing is arresting black and brown men for small quantities of marijuana, even though the police commissioner issued a directive against making such arrests.
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