This afternoon, de Blasio will be on the City Hall steps with other lawmakers to announce a plan his office says will “dramatically reduce” the use stop-and-frisk.
De Blasio previewed his plan in an interview with the Times; it entails, among other things, a demand that the mayor “request an internal audit by the Police Department of its statistics on what occurs after each stop-and-frisk episode.”
An earlier attempt to curb the use of stop-and-frisks by NYPD officers actually wound up increasing use of the tactic. In a lengthy (and worth-reading, if you haven’t already) look at the NYPD, Chris Smith of New York magazine quoted an unnamed Brooklyn officer who said the paperwork already generated from stop-and-frisks “is an easy way for supervisors to feed the statistical best, to show that action is being taken to deal with spikes in crime.”
The only thing I found interesting about the list — which isn’t at all serious or even logical — is that it did not include embattled City Comptroller John Liu.
The list, written by Steven Thraser (#50), did include a number of politicos:
#8-Public Advocate Bill De Blasio
#16-Former public advocate Mark Green
#17-State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr.
#18-Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.
#20-Former NYC Schools Chancellor Cathie Black
#21-Former NYC Schools Chancellor Joel Klein
#25-Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer
#54-Republican Rep. Michael Grimm
#55-Former NYC Comptroller Bill Thompson
#57-Empire State Pride Agenda
#59-Former Rep. Anthony Weiner
#60-Former governor Eliot Spitzer
#61-Former governor David Paterson
#64-Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz
#66-Staten Island Tea Party leader Frank Santarpia
#88-Anyone who voted for term limits
#93-Former NYC Transportation Commissioner Iris Weinshall
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I think this mayor in particular understands relative silence as assent..
“You know,” Mr. de Blasio continued, unprompted, “most people who have become mayor have come up from the grass roots and through a variety of offices and have a natural understanding of what some of these actions do to people and mean for people. I don’t think this mayor has that.”