Open thread August 16, 2013 Dan Crawford | August 16, 2013 9:53 am Tags: open thread Comments (1) | Digg Facebook Twitter |
Following the New York federal court finding that NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy routinely violates the Fourth Amendment privacy rights of hundreds of thousands — the mayor and his lackeys went ballistic, comparing New York’s relatively low homicide stats to Chicago’s horrible numbers — claiming stop-and-frisk is the difference (which would not matter because it is illegal anyway — why not just go around kicking down doors without warrants if results are all that matter).
Last year (2112) NYC homicides dipped 20% — last year NYPD stops dropped 22%. Listening Chicago?
515 NYC homicides in 2011 — 414 NYC homicides in 2012
685,724 NYPD stops in 2011 — 533,042 NYPD stops in 2012
Another interesting factoid:
“Further, stop-and-frisk has not reduced the number of people who fall victim to shootings. In 2002, there were 1,892 victims of gunfire and 97,296 stops. In 2011, there were still 1,821 victims of gunfire but a record 685,724 stops.”
What intelligent person would come up with a crime fighting strategy that consisted of stopping hundreds of thousands of persons at random — what is that supposed to produce?