Want to read more? Subscribe Now or Sign In
Hide ( X )
  • THE CRIME REPORT - Your Complete Criminal Justice Resource

  • Investigative News Network
  • Welcome to the Crime Report. Today is

Articles

How Critics of NYC "Stop and Frisk" Reframed the Debate With Police Data

August 14, 2013 09:35:24 am

The concerted opposition to New York City's stop-and-frisk practices started in a 2011 meeting of 40 researchers, lawyers, and community activists, the New York Times reports. The groups coalesced under the name Communities United for Police Reform, fanned out into neighborhoods with heavy police activity, and became a regular and loud presence at rallies on the steps of City Hall and outside the federal courthouse.

Their efforts, backed by $2.2 million from George Soros’s Open Society Foundations, set the stage for a repudiation of the department’s signature street-level tactic, long defended by several mayors. In the City Council in June and in a federal court on Monday, the Police Department suffered severe setbacks to its crime policy. It faces a court-ordered monitor, two police oversight laws, and what the Times says is "the possibility that its perceived legacy of a significant decline in crime may come with an asterisk." Police spokesman Paul Browne says, "They redefined it successfully." He said that, “by using data we’re required to produce,” critics managed to reframe the debate over the stop-and-frisk policy as a numbers-oriented calculation of how often the police interactions resulted in arrests or summonses.

« Article List
No Comments yet

TCR at a Glance

Prop 47: The Debate Continues

March 23, 2015

Just four months after Californians passed a landmark referendum to reform the criminal code, they’re immersed in a debate over its...

New Indictments in Narco Freedom Case

March 20, 2015

Operators of one of New York’s largest drug treatment programs are accused of exploiting substance abusers in a wide-ranging &ldquo...

The Missing Public Defender

March 19, 2015

More lawyers for poor defendants would reduce pretrial detention---and save money, says a new report.

Who Follows Crime News?

new & notable March 18, 2015

A Pew Research Center study of three cities finds urban black and Hispanic residents pay more attention to crime news than white residents