Thursday, December 2

NYPD ‘Stop and Frisk’ Tactic Receives Another Lawsuit in Court for Remaining Focusing on Blacks and Hispanics

Protesters say that more than 92% of the arrests in 2020 were of blacks and Hispanics.

Photo: Fernando Martínez / Impremedia

Police tactic ‘Stop and Frisk’ puts the New York City Police Department (NYPD) back on the ‘chair of the accused’.

This Thursday a broad coalition that promotes police reforms in the Big Apple, he denounced in front of the Central Command of the Uniformed in the Lower manhattan, that the practice is current and continues to disproportionately target people black and hispanic from poor neighborhoods. Therefore, they announced a new lawsuit in which they ask the same Court that prohibited this practice in 2013, to order the incorporation of a community board to the ‘federal monitor’, the body that supervises the actions of officials.

“Eight years have passed since the landmark ruling that the New York Police detention program was unconstitutional. And to date there have been no disciplinary reforms. As communities continue to experience abusive detentions, they have been excluded from the supervisory process, with little transparency, “he explained Monifa Bandele, spokesperson for Communities United for Police Reform and member of Malcolm X movement.

In the joint complaint they ask the court to add a Community Collaboration Board (CCB) to advise and provide information to stakeholders, the court and the federal supervisor, on the NYPD’s progress in implementing reforms.

The Ombudsman from New York City Jumaane Williams reiterated that they continue to observe “disparate and unconstitutional” policing, especially now that there is a increased violence.

“It is critical that the way officers are supervised be modified to include input from communities that face the greatest impacts from harmful police practices. Courts in the past have tried to stop these abuses, now I am hopeful that they will enact this change to allow the community voices be heard “said the official.

Adilca Pimentel: “They can say that the arrests have decreased, but they continue to target minorities.” (Photo: F. Martínez)

In 2020 it was worse

Attorneys for the plaintiff organizations said the omission of community perspectives on NYPD balance sheets so far on the arrest and registration data, they do not allow to have the “exact and reliable” measure of what happens in all the corners of the poorest neighborhoods where minorities live.

With banners in front of the police headquarters, activists like the Dominican Adilka Pepper, spokeswoman for the organization ‘Make the Road New York’, who joined the lawsuit, assures that now when there are many political discussions about the actions of NYPD officers in the city, it is time to emphasize that despite the judicial prohibitions the practice ‘Stop and Review’ is not over.

“You can say in your statistics that the number of arrests has decreased in percentage terms. But if we look at the numbers, almost all of the victims of these searches in our neighborhoods, schools and Subway stations are black or Hispanic. It’s time to a radical change of how the NYPD is supervised, ”said Pimentel.

The conclusion of a report by the Legal Aid Society of New York is clear: the police practice of ‘Stop and Frisk’ that for decades has affected communities of color, took a new look in 2020, in terms of its “disproportionate action against minority groups in the city.”

According to data shared by various organizations, approximately 91% of the arrest and search procedures reported last year involved ethnic minority New Yorkers. This seems to be a slight increase compared to 2018 and 2019, based on data derived from statistics released by NYPD.

What is clear is that the number of officially reported reviews was reduced from 13,459 in 2019 to 9,544 in 2020.

In addition, the reports detail that the most of these stops they took place in precincts located in heavily policed ​​communities of color, including Precinct 75 that serves the East Brooklyn neighborhoods of East New York and Cypress Hill; Precinct 23 in East Harlem and Precinct 43 that operates in the southeastern section of the Bronx.

Also the police units 40 and 52 serving Salsa County.

NYPD: Detentions have been reduced

The Sargent Jessica McRoie, a spokesman for the Uniformed explained to The newspaper that for the past eight years, stops and searches of people on the streets of New York City have come under departmental scrutiny and external analysis by a federal monitor.

“We continue to drastically reduce the number of stops and questioning encounters since 2011, a trend that continues into the first quarter of 2021. At the same time the NYPD made a record number of firearm arrests”, He highlighted.

McRorie reported that this year firearms arrests through May increased to 1,917 compared to 1,497 in the same period a year ago, an increase of more than 28%.

“With their innovative law enforcement paradigms, our officers will continue to use their intelligence-driven approach to focus on areas experiencing a disproportionate violence and guarantee the type of constitutional vigilance and free from prejudice, which is essential to build trust in the community. And maintain public safety ”, he concluded.

Regarding the litigation that began this week against the NYPD, spokespersons for that police force declined to comment.

‘Stop and Frisk’ in 2020:

  • 56.23% of African American New Yorkers they underwent reviews in 2020 despite representing less than a quarter of New York City’s population.
  • 21.48% of the total reviews of residents of the Big Apple were directed to ‘White Hispanics’ (Latinx) last year.
  • 8.97% of the ‘Stop and Frisk’ procedures performed in 2020 went to white people.

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