A federal monitor tasked with overseeing changes and improvements to the NYPD’s stop, question, and frisk program said recently that out of the 600 stops they analyzed over the course of three months in 2015, nearly a quarter could be viewed as unconstitutional.
The findings, released Tuesday in a 72-page report, noted that “In almost every case in which the NYPD’s Quality Assurance Division found insufficient basis for the stop, frisk, or search, the supervisor in that command nonetheless had signed off on the report and noted there was sufficient basis for the stop, frisk, or search.”
— John Hawkinson (@johnhawkinson) February 16, 2016
The report found that police did not write down a reasonable suspicion for 28 percent of stops, 27 percent of frisks, and 16 percent of searches.
Stop and Frisk was a system of policing that thrived in the Bloomberg administration, at its height carrying out 685,724 stops in 2011, culminating in the landmark case Floyd vs City of New York, where a federal judge that the department had violated the civil rights of hundreds of thousands minority New Yorkers.
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By 2014, stops were down dramatically to approximately 24,000.
In the three-month period studied in 2015, federal Peter Zimroth noted that the NYPD saw a 20% decrease in reported stops using the new forms, but quickly coupled that with a call for more work to be done at the supervisory level.
“Ultimately, this is a challenge of leadership, particularly at the levels that interact most directly with the officers engaged in enforcement – sergeants, lieutenants, captains, precinct and unit commanders,” wrote Zimroth in his new report.
According to the NY Daily News, Mayor Bill de Blasio said that he hasn’t yet read the report but understands “that we’re in a transition” and “the NYPD is working very closely with the federal monitor to figure out how to do things better going forward.”