04 Sep 2013 | by Kim-Jenna Jurriaans | #StopandFrisk ì | Civil Society - Original Feature
Stop and frisk, the New York policing tactic that allows officers to perform street stops and body searches under reasonable suspicion of criminal activity, has long been controversial for its disproportionate focus on poor communities of colour.
While Mayor Bloomberg and the NYPD have long credited the policy for reducing crime and taking thousands of guns off the street, reform advocates have long warned the harm it inflicts on poor communities far outweighs its gains.
Criminal justice scholars, meanwhile, try to raise awareness about the effects that “over-policing” has on young people growing up in these neighbourhoods.
A recent federal legal ruling and a City Council vote could now force a shift in policing across New York City.
Kim-Jenna Jurriaans, IPSTV correspondent in New York, reports.
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