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I stumbled into a shooting on Fulton Street in Fort Greene two weeks ago, near Habanera Outpost. It was terrifying. It may be politically incorrect to say it, but we are seeing the fruits of the rollback of aggressive policing. Thugs know they can carry weapons more or less with impunity, due to the end of stop and frisk. And they are starting to use them with a frequency reminiscent of the bad old days. Thanks De Blasio and friends.
According to this, shootings are indeed up this year:http://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/news/2015/03/2/nypd-stats-show-homicides-and-shootings-up-this-year.htmlWhile murders may be down this year, as has generally been the trend for the last 10 - 15 (?) years, shootings do seem to be on an upward trend. I guess we have to be grateful that the shooting idiots are bad shots. It's not racist to post the truth. While many people may not have liked stop and frisk, it is ludicrous to state that it did not bring shootings and crime down. I've lived here in Brooklyn since 1969, so I know I'm pretty familiar with when the downward trend picked up steam.
The truth is the truth. Lying about what the truth is ... well, that's nothing to be proud of.While civil rights are certainly a big concern, it does not do anyone any good whatsoever to pretend that stop and frisk did not bring crime levels down dramatically. The truth is not, in and of itself, racist. Since the primary targets of shootings here are minorities, the greatest beneficiaries of the dramatic decrease in shootings and murders over the years have been those same minorities. Is it racist to have saved those lives?I sort of wonder how many years some of you have been around here (not around Brooklynian, but NYC in general).
If crime soars, the pendulum will likely again swing the other way, toward more police powers. However, without the right socio-economic forces, even a "police state" will have a lot of property and violent crime.
The monitors assigned to ensure the NYPD's compliance to the Floyd decision have published their first quarterly report:
In March, a New York federal court appointed Demos as co-class counsel in Floyd v. the City of New York, the landmark case challenging the NYPD’s use of stop and frisk. As counsel, Demos represents the interests of the mostly Black and Latino residents who have been or will be unlawfully stopped by the NYPD.
Earlier today, the Federal Monitor appointed by the court to oversee reforms in the case made public his first status report on the development of those reforms. In the initial period of the remedial process, we have made progress. Our hardest work lies ahead.
The Floyd remedial process will develop comprehensive reforms to address what went wrong with the NYPD’s use of stop and frisk. The process includes two parts: (1) negotiations among the Monitor, the NYPD, the plaintiffs and certain community stakeholders that develop immediate reforms; and (2) community input forums that will guide a final and more complete package of reforms. The Monitor is responsible for managing the remedial process on behalf of the court and for ensuring the NYPD complies with the reforms ultimately developed. The Monitor’s status report is a summary of the first six months of the remedial process from his perspective.
Trainings are the highlight so far. Together with the Monitor and the plaintiffs, the NYPD developed and implemented new police academy trainings that include critical education on racial profiling, like a repeated refrain that “a generic suspect description, by itself, such as ‘young black male’” is not a lawful reason to stop someone.
The trainings should equip recruits with an understanding of the constitutional limitations on their authority during street encounters and test their working knowledge of the NYPD’s new anti-racial profiling lessons.
These are good steps.
What comes next is perhaps more important. Trainings and paper policies only go so far if police culture condones constitutional abuses. Stop and frisk will not be fixed until the NYPD on paper and in practice treats all New Yorkers equally in street encounters.
While we move forward with this work and while you gauge the NYPD’s improvement, remember that the number of reported stops is a partial picture of what’s happening on the streets. As the Monitor reveals in his status report, an NYPD audit appears to confirm what members of the public have been saying for months: police are not reporting all stops being conducted.
In the months ahead, Demos will work with Floyd lead counsel the Center for Constitutional Rights and co-counsel Beldock Levine & Hoffman LLP and Covington & Burling LLP to advance reforms that address officer supervision, officer accountability, and the monitoring and auditing of police activity. We will continue to work to ensure the people most affected by the NYPD’s unconstitutional practices—that is, Black and brown people long subjected to stops because of their race—have a voice in developing reforms.