State and City officials calling for federal oversight of NYPD after Mayor’s comments on stop-and-frisk

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Mayor Bloomberg’s comment about stop-and-frisk on his weekly radio show sparked major backlash from community leaders and politicians — the outrage stemming from hundreds of thousands of stops each year that result in arrests only about 10% of the time.

About 90% of those stopped are minority males.

Now Congressman Hakeem Jeffries is calling for a federal monitor to oversee the practice and the NYPD.
“The only way to restore order and respect for the constitution is for the justice department to step in as a court appointed federal monitor to protect the civil-rights of the Black and Latino community here in New York City,” Rep. Jeffries said.

Jeffries isn’t the first one to call for a federal monitor over stop-and-frisk.
Attorney General Eric Holder said he would support the oversight if a federal court judge finds the practice unconstitutional.

That trial wrapped up in May, but the judge gave no timetable for her ruling.

Even if the judge rules that stop-and-frisk is unconstitutional, Congressman Jeffries says without a federal monitor, Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Kelly would be in charge of enforcing a ban on the practice.  And Jeffries says, in light of the Mayor’s recent comments, clearly he’s not ready for that responsibility.

“It’s sad that we’ve reached a point where there’s no other place to turn than the federal government,” Jeffries said.

If the Department of Justice does appoint a federal monitor he or she would be able to enforce federal civil rights laws.

That’s a step up from an Inspector General position, recently approved by City Council, which will only be able to monitor the police department.

2 comments

  • Anndy

    Mayor Bloomberg is obviously unfamiliar with the Declaration of Independence because stop on frisk impinges on the rights of some under the guise of safety. What next, banish all those of color to ghettos where they can be monitored and policed? Oh, I forgot, most already live in ghettos and are policed, stopped at will and harassed.

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

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