An analysis of the New York Police Department’s stop-and-frisk policy by DNAinfo.com says that, despite Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s allegations, stopping more people hasn’t prevented an increase in shootings.
The number of shooting victims in the city increased between 2009 and 2011, Murray Weiss writes, from 1,727 to 1,821, despite officers stopping more people over the same period.
By comparison, in 2002, Bloomberg’s first year in office, only 97,296 people were stopped, yet 1,892 people were shot.
“Perhaps that helps explain why the NYPD kept the stop-and-frisk numbers a secret until February 2007 when they finally handed them over to the City Council, even though it was required following the 1999 fatal police shooting of Amadou Diallo,” Murray writes.
The policy, which allows officers to search anyone they find suspicious, has been criticized for focusing on young Black and Latino men nearly exclusively, with meager results. But supporters like Rep. Peter King (R-NY) have insisted it was not racial profiling in action.
Last month, Bloomberg defended the program, calling it “an essential part of the NYPD’s work.”