Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Stop and Frisk

Stop and Frisk is controversial, and I have written about it here now and again, but since it has begun to take on a national audience, more and more people outside the NYC area have become curious about one of the NYPD's more questionable policies.
What is it exactly?

The situation in which a police officer who is suspicious of an individual detains the person and runs his hands lightly over the suspect's outer garments to determine if the person is carrying a concealed weapon.
I got this from:
http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Stop+and+Frisk...and contrary to popular belief, that's about it. people can go ON and ON about how it ruthlessly targets minorities, etc. etc. etc...but I am not here to debate that. (Of course, if every single person in a particular precinct is considered a minority...how is that possible?) What I am here to talk about is a four-year-old boy who was shot in the South Bronx Saturday night.

This from the New York Times:

It was a moment that divided a mother’s life into before and after. One minute, Shianne Norman’s 4-year-old boy gleefully whirled around a Bronx playground among a group of other children. The next, he lay in a heap on the ground as blood seeped from a gunshot wound to his head, and a life of promise drained away amid screams and chaos.

This from the NY Daily News:

A 4-year-old boy died after he took a bullet in the head during a wild shootout on a Bronx basketball court Sunday night, cops and witnesses said.
Two men were also wounded in the gunfire that erupted during a hoops tournament at an E. 165th St. court in Morrisania about 9:40 p.m., police said.
The slain child was identified as Lloyd Morgan. An observer who said she was a friend of Morgan's family said mothers began searching the courts for their children when the guns finally silenced.
“When my friend didn’t see her kid, she panicked,” said the woman. “Then she saw him on the floor, shot.”

And then---finally---THIS from a long-time opponent and "community leader" in the South Bronx, State Senator 'Rev' Ruben Diaz:

I understand that there are many people that will not go along with my decision to support the Stop and Frisk Policy but if the Stop and Frisk policy can make a difference, then we need to realize that it’s time to support Stop and Frisk, and that a life such as little Lloyd Morgan is worth more than anyone feeling discomfort by being stopped and searched by the police.

About time, Sir. And it's looooooong overdue.

The senseless irony? This little tournament was organized to honor the life of an 18-year-old girl who was stabbed to death near the same playground in July 2010.

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