The stop and frisk policy, explained

Michael Bloomberg's role in expanding stop-and-frisk when he was New York’s mayor is under fresh scrutiny. We spoke with Darius Charney, an attorney who sued NYC over the racist policy.

What is Stop and Frisk?

Since 2002, around 5 million New Yorkers were subjected to stop and frisk. “The term refers to a policing tactic, a law enforcement tactic where a police officer, if they reasonably suspect that somebody is engaged in criminal activity, has the authority to briefly detain them, to briefly stop them, ask them questions, and in certain situations, even pat down their clothing to look for weapons.”, Darius Charney, the Senior Staff Attorney for the Center for Constitutional Rights explains. When Michael Bloomberg was the mayor of New York, stop-and-frisk policy peaked. In 2011, the NYPD stopped 685,000 individuals. 87% of them were black or Latinx.

The impact of the policy

When he entered the 2020 Democratic primary, Bloomberg apologized for the city's widespread use of stop and frisk. “We did bring the murder rate down, but it got out of hand and I didn't stop it fast enough. And I apologize for it.”, Bloomberg stated. In February 2020, a racist 2015 recording of Bloomberg defending the targeting of minorities resurfaced. Nearly 9 out of 10 New Yorkers who were subjected to stop and frisk were innocent.

The violations of the policy

Darius Charney was one of the attorneys who sued the city of New York over its stop and frisk policy. “We were also able to prove that it was racially discriminatory and therefore violated the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment. And as a result of that, the judge put the NYPD under a federal monitor ship, which they are still under, and ordered them to fix and make some pretty drastic changes to their stop and frisk program.”, he disclosed. In 2018, 11,008 stops were recorded in New York. “In the years since Mayor Bloomberg left office under Mayor de Blasio, the number of recorded stops has gone down. You know, more than ninety five percent.”, he concludes.


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  • Bruce N.
    04/26/2020 23:10


  • Andrew S.
    03/01/2020 22:00

    It kept New Yorkers safer.

  • Cisco L.
    03/01/2020 15:58

    Fk ny fkn POS Nazi 🐖🐖🐖

  • Teddy S.
    03/01/2020 03:25

    All they gotta do is say it and it's just gonna get swept under the rug even if it's not true..its still a Scam.. That needs to go bye bye.

  • Adrian B.
    03/01/2020 02:57

    This is absolutely illegal I don't care what laws the state have created federally this is illegal and honsetly a complete infringement on our constitutional rights. If more Americans took the time to study the constitutional law given to us by our forefathers we probably wouldn't be in this mess right now.

  • Lori D.
    02/29/2020 23:38

    if Bernie doesn’t get in I will vote for whoever is the blue candidate. If we do not do that Trump will win again. That’s what happened in the last election.

  • Memphis D.
    02/29/2020 20:57

    I wonder how many of those 5 million we're actually criminals? Nobody fails to mention that it cut the murder rate in half in New York City. Basically it saved lives. And if it was so wrong how did they confiscate so many guns off people who shouldn't have been carrying guns to begin with illegally. I'm against stop-and-frisk to but I have to admit the results we're unquestionable

  • Craig W.
    02/29/2020 17:00

    We as black people don't have to except his applogy...

  • Orin R.
    02/29/2020 16:46

    Mike became more racist when he went further with stop and kiss. Look it up

  • Pro N.
    02/29/2020 15:37

    Have anyone stop and wonder maybe it wasn't Bloomberg fault. Just maybe it was the racist police

  • Curtis D.
    02/29/2020 13:09

    Y'all keep saying that he was a Republican first.🤔 So what!!.. President Trump was a Democrat first and y'all are still in love with the Dems!! 🤷‍♂️

  • Evelyn N.
    02/29/2020 04:46

    I’m not voting for another Trump racist millionaire who also abuses women and all his money in the world being spent on ads isn’t going to convince me he’s a good person.

  • Chuck V.
    02/29/2020 03:16

    And people want to vote for this fool?

  • Stamos B.
    02/28/2020 21:58

    Crazy how a something that helped minorities on a far higher scale than ever helped white people is considered racist

  • Luisa C.
    02/28/2020 20:58

    True, but it's hurtful to see parents crying over their children bodies, on the news you used to see people bring guns from other states to NY.

  • Billy P.
    02/28/2020 18:57


  • Shantonio S.
    02/28/2020 17:11

    stop & frisk disguised as new probable cause nothing new.

  • Otis D.
    02/28/2020 17:05

    Stop and Frisk is unconstitutional

  • Sonya A.
    02/28/2020 14:03

    🎙It’s too late to’s too late. ALL THE BLOOD IS ON HIS HANDS.

  • Brandon D.
    02/28/2020 04:50

    Well we can say that instead of 600 african Americans killed in a year from gun violence, it dropped to 200 after this was passed

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