August 12th, 2013
10:06 PM ET

KTH: Race and stop-and-frisk

A federal judge ruling New York City's stop-and-frisk policy is unconstitutional. 88% of cases do not result in officers writing a ticket or making an arrest. Some 100,000 people were stopped and frisked in the first three months of this year. In today's ruling, the judge slammed the policy as "indirect racial profiling." Anderson discussed all of this with New York Times columnist Charles Blow, conservative blogger Crystal Wright and criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos.

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  1. juan

    Teens or minor law offenders lead deadly police persecutions simply for no license, order of arrests or just because they are scared of the police. The chief did not understand the topic or did not want to acknowledge the truth by using his 1000 year old police sociology. Witch is so diluted
    from peace.

    August 15, 2013 at 7:41 pm |
  2. tina

    I would love for African Americans to turn around their poor images. If you were going to stop and frisk everyone, I would agree with the law. Anytime you start picking and choosing who to stop, you end up with huge inequalities. I live in Los Angeles, a city that is notorious for profiling. Profiling does not make you safer. That argument is just wrong. So, what will happen is they will stop and frisk a minority kid. He has an illegal substance (i.e. Marijuana). They take him into custody because of this. Now this kid has a record. However, there are plenty of white kids walking around with the same exact thing in their pockets but they are not in danger of being "stopped and frisked" so they are not really worried about it. Basically what you are teaching our children is that minority kids have less rights and we need to monitor them. If you want a safer neighborhood, why don't you get a better police presence in those communities.

    August 14, 2013 at 1:34 pm |
  3. Name*Mitchel

    Sounds like a poor excuse to condone the harassment of citizens. Even if you are innocent, you may be fearful of being stopped based on appearances and ethnicity. Every day we are being desensitized to the dedicating acts against our constitution. I feel that fear mongering and the scramble over control of the American people is getting us nowhere and fast. I strongly disagree with this law and behavior.

    August 13, 2013 at 8:17 pm |
    • Molly Roe

      I think all those children being shot and/or killed in Chicago is hardly fear mongering. Something needs to be done so that kids can play outside without the fear of whether they are going to make it home for dinner. I'm sure the police are not grabbing all the innocent black people off the street in the black neighborhoods based on their ethnicity and frisking them. They must have some reason to stop and frisk them. New York City's crime rate in the poor black neighborhoods went down when they started the stop and frisk.

      August 13, 2013 at 10:22 pm |
  4. Mark

    I think stop and frisk is a great idea for high crime areas. Thank you Crystal for not trying to be politically correct.

    August 12, 2013 at 10:34 pm |
  5. john

    I'm with you Crystal! The stats aren't good and really shouldn't be danced around. I do not agree with the idea that the cops are leaving the people they frisk like rags with no apology or a reason why they were chosen to be frisked and that its wrong. I would love to see the African American population gather together and turn the poor image they have around. It would be a dream come true.

    August 12, 2013 at 10:33 pm |

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