As Purim approaches, thousands of Israeli children and families grapple with poverty
We have never understood the argument of those who maintain that New York City’s stop and frisk program discriminates against minority citizens. Stop and frisk calls for focusing on certain high-crime areas – which if they happen to be populated mostly by minorities is necessarily going to result in more minorities being stopped. So it makes no sense to extrapolate from this that minorities are being singled out in a discriminatory fashion.
On the other hand, if police officers engaging in stop and frisk in fact employ criteria that are subjective – such as fidgety movements, sudden change of direction, walking in a certain way, grabbing at a pocket or looking over one’s shoulder – any constitutional issues would center not on racial discrimination but on the right to be left alone.
Unfortunately, there are those who merge the concepts and muddy the waters. Thus, on Monday, federal judge Shira A. Scheindlin appointed a monitor for the NYPD program after ruling that the department practiced a “policy of indirect racial profiling” when it increased the number of stops in minority communities which involved stopping “blacks and Hispanics who would not have been stopped if they were white.” An elusive distinction at best. She went on to say that “blacks are likely targeted for stops based on a lesser degree of objectivity-founded suspicion than whites.”
Certainly a way has to be found to ensure that the NYPD acts in a manner that “protects the rights and civil liberties of all New Yorkers, while still providing much needed police protection.”
Thus, Judge Scheindlin did not strike down the program, as some are erroneously charging, but rather ordered some reforms, including oversight by a monitor.
The problem is that the program as it is currently set up has worked spectacularly in driving down crime. And no one knows how effective it will be after the Scheindlin reforms are factored in, with input by those with no practical experience in police work and with a definite civil liberties bent.
Plainly, stop and frisk should properly be viewed primarily as a matter of maximizing crime prevention while maintaining a proper regard for civil liberties – not the other way around. With that in mind, Mayor Bloomberg is right to appeal the Scheindlin decision.
About the Author:
If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.
Comments are closed.
The president has made clear – I can’t state this more firmly – the policy is Iran will not get a nuclear weapon.
Obama has an apparent inability to understand Islam in particular and Mid-East culture in general
Pesach is a Torah-based holiday whose fundamental observances are rooted in Torah law; Purim is a rabbinic holiday whose laws and customs are grounded in the rabbinic tradition.
In honor of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s successful speech before Congress.
Mr. Spock conveys a message with painfully stark relevance to our world today, especially in the context of PM Netanyahu’s speech to Congress.
Obama created the “partisan politics” by asking Dem. party members to avoid Bibi and his address
Enough is enough. The Jewish community has a big tent, but the NIF should have no place in it.
I vote for the right and get left-wing policy. Every. Frigging. Time.
The Holocaust was the latest attempt of Amalek to destroy the special bond that we enjoy with God.
UN inspectors were flabbergasted when Iran allowed them full unfettered access to All nuclear sites
Obama’s real problem is that he knows Netanyahu has more credibility on the Iran issue than he does.
Kristof’s op-ed “The Human Stain” was flawed and wrong; more than anti-Israel, it was anti-Semitic.
The real issue is that in many respects the president has sought to recalibrate American values and our system of government.
Gone are the days when an anchorman sitting in a New York studio could, after sharing 22 minutes of carefully selected and edited news items, trumpet in stentorian tones, “And that’s the way it is.” No it wasn’t. It never was.
President Obama has frequently cautioned that Americans should take great care to avoid fomenting anti-Muslim passions in our reaction to the murderous activities regularly being perpetrated by terrorists in the name of Islam. One wonders why, though, he seems to have no concern with the potential for anti-Semitic fallout from his full-court press against Israeli […]
Typical of the administration’s milquetoast approach is the lack of any call for a substantial increase in military resources in order to crush ISIL, only a tepid mention of the need to “ultimately defeat” it.
He spent the first leg of his daylong visit to the French capital at Hyper Cacher.
In this particular case, the issue was whether the Arkansas prison system could prohibit, for security reasons, a devout Muslim’s maintaining a beard of a certain length as a matter of religious practice.
Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/editorial/stop-and-frisk-no-time-for-hyperbole/2013/08/14/
Scan this QR code to visit this page online: