“Stop-and-frisk,” the crime prevention strategy carried out by the New York Police Department, is the topic of an editorial written by Professor Randolph McLaughlin and Jonathan A. Jarrell, Pace 3L. Published in the University of Pittsburgh School of Law’s website, “Jurist,” the editorial stresses the discriminatory application of the practice citing that 87 percent of the people stopped in the first quarter of 2012 were either African-American of Hispanic.
“There is absolutely no evidence that such tactics contribute to a decrease in crime,” reads a passage. “There can be no question that such tactics contribute to a distrust of police and a lack of cooperation in criminal investigations. While no one can question the need for the police to use tactics that will ferret out criminal activity, the use of discriminatory practices does not contribute to that goal.”
The editorial can be read here.