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Trump: Actually, Stop-and-Frisk Only in 1 City

He says Chicago is 'out of control'

(Newser) - After appearing to endorse its use nationally on Wednesday, Donald Trump clarified Thursday that he meant stop-and-frisk—a policing policy found to be inherently biased and unconstitutional in the past—should only be used in Chicago, Politico reports. "I was really referring to Chicago with stop-and-frisk," he said.... More »

Trump Calls for Nationwide Stop-and-Frisk Policy

'We did it in New York, it worked incredibly well'

(Newser) - Donald Trump made what Politico calls a "puzzling pitch" to black voters Wednesday with a call to use the controversial "stop and frisk" tactic to reduce crime in cities across America. The practice involves officers stopping and questioning pedestrians before frisking them for drugs or weapons. "We... More »

NYPD Testing Google Glass as Crime-Fighting Tool

Police are experimenting with a few pairs of the glasses

(Newser) - VentureBeat reports on a development that could make "stop-and-frisk" seem downright quaint: The New York City Police Department has scored a few pairs of Google Glass and is testing them out on the streets. “We’re looking at them, you know, seeing how they work," says... More »

De Blasio Tries to End Stop-and-Frisk

New mayor renounces practice, settles lawsuit

(Newser) - Is the fight over stop-and-frisk finally over? Bill de Blasio announced last night that he's moving to settle the lawsuits concerning the NYPD's controversial (and racially skewed ) practice, which he denounced as "broken and misused." To underline just how radically the city's position had... More »

Bill Bratton Returning as NYPD Chief

Mayor de Blasio names him to post starting in January

(Newser) - Bill Bratton, whose tenure as New York City police commissioner in the 1990s was marked by a steep decline in crime and clashes with then-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, has been chosen to lead the nation's largest police force again. Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio announced the appointment today, saying Bratton is... More »

Stop-and-Frisk Gets Potential Big Boost in Court Ruling

Federal panel puts changes on hold, rebukes judge who demanded them

(Newser) - Supporters of the NYPD's controversial stop-and-frisk strategy have reason to cheer tonight after a new appeals court ruling. The federal court rebuked the judge who declared the policy to be unconstitutional in August and ordered that the reforms she put in place be suspended, reports the New York Post... More »

A Black Man in a Hoodie Shot Me; So What?

Brian Beutler tells his story

(Newser) - Five years ago, Brian Beutler was shot by a black man wearing a hoodie while walking the streets of Washington, DC. He tells the story in a compelling Salon column today for one reason: He wants people to understand that despite what happened to him, he does not support racial... More »

NYPD's Kelly: 'No Question' More Will Die Sans 'Stop, Frisk'

Meanwhile, Trayvon lawyer calls policy 'slippery slope'

(Newser) - Ray Kelly isn't soft-pedaling the effects if the NYPD's "stop and frisk" policy ends: "No question about it, violent crime will go up," he said today when asked if more people would die without it, Politico reports. "The stark reality is that violence is... More »

Daily Show: NYPD Should 'Stop, Frisk' Wall Street

'I can say that—some of my best friends are white men in suits,' says Jessica Williams

(Newser) - The Daily Show took a judge's ruling that the NYPD's stop-and-frisk policy is unconstitutional this week ("Good news," says host John Oliver, "if you happen to be a minority who likes walking") as an opportunity to rip into the practice. But correspondent Jessica Williams... More »

Judge Rules 'Stop and Frisk' Unconstitutional

She appoints independent monitor to watch NYPD

(Newser) - The NYPD's controversial stop-and-frisk policy violates New Yorkers' Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable search and seizure, a federal judge declared today. Judge Shira A. Sheindlin said she would appoint an independent lawyer to monitor the NYPD and ensure it didn't continue the policy, or otherwise behave unconstitutionally. The... More »

NYPD Chief Defends All the Racial Profiling He's Not Doing

Ray Kelly boasts of department's success

(Newser) - Ray Kelly has heard all the grumbles about the NYPD's Stop and Frisk policy —which almost exclusively ensnares minorities —and its practice of spying on Muslims , and he wants you to know that those claims are sensationalized, and anyway there's nothing wrong with targeting minorities. In... More »

NYPD's Stop-and-Frisk Defense: We're Too Lazy

Cops criticize rank-and-file as 'complete malcontents' in trial

(Newser) - New York police have been accused of stopping people simply to fill quotas—but that's silly, officers say: They're far too lazy for that kind of effort. Some 10% of cops "are complete malcontents that will do as little as possible no matter how well you treat... More »

NYPD's Kelly Tried to 'Instill Fear' in Minorities: Ex-Cop

State senator Eric Adams testifies over stop-and-frisk laws

(Newser) - As controversy continues over New York City's stop-and-frisk law, a state senator—and former cop—has testified in federal court that the police commissioner aimed to "instill fear" in the black and Hispanic communities. State Sen. Eric Adams, a police officer for 22 years, said that during a... More »

NYC Won't Jail Those Caught With a Little Pot

They'll get a court appearance ticket instead, says mayor

(Newser) - New York City is loosening up on how it treats those picked up with a small amount of marijuana, reports Daily Intel . No longer will they have to spend the night in jail—instead, they'll get a desk appearance ticket to return to court at a later date. "... More »

NYPD Stopped, Frisked 8.6% of City in 2011

In some places, up to 98% of those stopped were minorities

(Newser) - The NYPD detained the equivalent of 8.6% of all New Yorkers as part of its controversial " stop and frisk " program in 2011, and almost all of them were minorities, according to a statistical breakdown the department released last night. All told, police stopped a record 685,724... More »

NYPD Can 'Stop and Frisk' for a Few More Months

Judge rules that practice can continue during appeal

(Newser) - A US district judge ruled earlier this month that a portion of New York City's controversial "stop and frisk" policy may be unconstitutional, but today she said the NYPD can continue the practice while her decision is appealed. Specifically, Judge Shira Scheindlin had ordered a halt to "... More »

Judge Limits NYC's 'Stop and Frisk' Policy

Cops need to justify stops outside private apartment buildings in the Bronx

(Newser) - Mayor Bloomberg says his controversial "stop-and-frisk" strategy has led to a sharp drop in crime in New York City, but a federal judge today ruled that at least one aspect of it goes too far, reports the New York Post . The judge ruled that police can no longer stop... More »

NYC on Track for Lowest Murders on Record

Chicago, meanwhile, just hit 500

(Newser) - Two big cities, two opposite trends:
  • New York City expects to record its lowest number of homicides since record-keeping began in 1963, reports AP . The city has had 414 this year, down nearly 20% from last year and well under the previous low of 471 in 2009. The city also
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America's Stupidest Drug Laws

'Reason' breaks down the most ridiculous laws the drug war has produced

(Newser) - What's more ridiculous than the war on drugs itself? The plethora of strange draconian laws that have cropped up to support it. Don't believe it? Well, Mike Riggs of the libertarian Reason Magazine has come up with a list of the five most ridiculous ones. Judge for yourself:... More »

GOP Opposition Snuffs Out NY Pot Proposal

Cuomo plan fails despite backing of Bloomberg, NYPD

(Newser) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to reduce "stop and frisk" arrests by downgrading public possession of marijuana from a misdemeanor to a violation has gone up in smoke—at least for now. Cuomo has declared the plan, which was supported by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and NYPD... More »

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