Essay on The Stop And Frisk Policy

1022 Words Jul 23rd, 2015 null Page
The stop-and-frisk policy could be considered a big controversy facing New York in recent times. The whole concept behind this stopping-and-frisking is the police officer, with reasonable suspicion of some crime committed or about to be committed, stops a pedestrian, questions them, then if needed frisks the person. This policy started gaining public attention back in 1968 from the Terry v. Ohio case. A police officer saw the three men casing a store and he believed they were going to rob the store; this led to him stopping and frisking them. After frisking them, he found a pistol and took the weapon from the men. The men then cried foul and claimed they were unconstitutionally targeted and frisked.
There should not be people who abuse their power through the law; however, in New York City (NYC) cops are using their authority in a negative way. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, 2009 to 2013, implemented a policy called stop and frisk where the New York City Police Department (NYPD) has the right to question and search anybody who looks suspicious. Because of this act in NYC, many men and women, especially of color, have protested against the policy. In addition, the Pierce County Tribune’s article “Stop and Frisk Practice Ethically, Morally Wrong” by Bryce Berginski argues that stop and frisk violates the fourth and fourteenth amendment. Stop and Frisk is an ineffective policy because it allows police officers to abuse their power and violates human rights; therefore, an alternative…

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