Stop and Frisk
Stop and frisk is a program that the New York Police Department uses to stop and search anyone who looks suspicious. Police can stop and frisk anyone without a warrant. This topic is causing many controversies because of the excessive numbers of arrest. A disproportionate number of people of color especially African America and Hispanics are unreasonably stopped and searched simply for looking suspicious. They are the one that have been facing this situation more often. Minorities are having they higher percentage of stop and frisk than any other person. The police are violating the fourth amendment which states that any individual should have the right of protection from unreasonable search and seizure. The purpose of this program is to reduce crime and the use of weapon but if they are only searching one type of group that is not going to work. This program is becoming an excuse for police to take advantage of some innocent people.
In the article, 'Stop and Frisks' Decrease In 2nd Quarter, the Police Say, talks about many people that are being stop and frisks and the tension that has caused to many residents in the city. According to Baker he states, “Officers stopped 113,945 people on city streets for the second quarter of the year; a number that a spokesman said was 12.4 percent lower than that recorded in the same period in 2006” (p.1). This is showing us that the numbers of people are now less than before. Police are now thinking more of the consequences of this issue and the tension that many people are having. Stopping someone just because they look “suspicious” is not enough reasons to humiliate them in front of others residents. Baker also illustrates, “Blacks made up 53 percent of those stopped, Hispanic made up 32 percent, Whites made up 12 percent and Asian made up 3 percent” (p.1). This quote explains that most of the residents that are being stopped are people of...
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