The NYPD has announced changes to its “stop-and-frisk” policy. The police force continues to come under fire for racial profiling, prompting Commissioner Raymond Kelly to announce the implementation of adjustments to the controversial tactics carried out by the department.
Kelly revealed the changes Thursday (May 17), and outlined a new course of action which he sent to City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. According to Kelly the goal of implementing the changes is to instill more confidence in the department. In 2011, NYPD officers pulled over more than 630,000 mostly black and Hispanic men, 50 percent were frisked, and roughly 10 percent were taken into custody. Of course, Kelly’s new stance, is a far cry from his reputation for racists practices, including allowing NYPD officials to spy on Muslim students.
Mayor Michael Blooomerg threw his support behind Kelly’s decision, but maintained that the old practices were neither racially motivated nor harmful. “Tough enforcement, making sure that we go to neighborhoods where high crime is and we stop the kids who fit the descriptions of perps and just make sure that they’re not carrying guns. It’s in their interest. It’s saving their lives,” he said.
Among the discriminatory actions carried out by members of the NYPD include two high-ranking officers being named in a federal lawsuit in which they are alleged to have encouraging their squad to kill black suspects. In addition to the changes, a “warning system” has been established to identify officers who have received public complaints, precinct heads will be responsible for holding weekly meetings, and over 1, 500 officers will receive increased training to ensure proper implementation of policy and procedures.
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