Attacking NYPD’s Stop-and-Frisk

Briefing:

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.”