The New York City Police Department is now required to issue receipts to those they stop-and-frisk when on duty in an effort to make strides towards improved relations between law enforcement and the communities they police and accountability.
The “what is a stop” slip, which explains the importance and necessity of the stop-and-frisk procedure, will be issued to those who are just stopped and not arrested. It requires the officers to fill out several criteria including their names, rank, shield number and reasons for the frisk such as the person matching the suspects description. The NYPD also ordered that police cannot stop any suspects for being in a high-crime area, making a furtive movement, or perhaps most importantly, belonging to a racial group that commits a higher percentage of crimes.
The associate legal director of the New York Civil Liberties Union Christoper Dunn believes that this new policy is an important first step “in reducing illegal and discriminatory stops,” but others within the NYPD think it will have negative repercussions.
Patrick Lynch, who is the head of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, said that “instead of improving community relations, these receipts will accelerate an increase in crime and disorder, which will damage the city’s economic health while hurting those crime-ridden communities who need our protection the most.”
The move to more strictly supervise our law enforcement, particularly in light of recent events resulting in the needless deaths of several young black man, seems like a legit move to reform the NYPD. The good intentions are there. Whether or not they backfire and further aggravate the current views of police is yet to be seen.