NYPD Handcuffed by Courts on Stop-and-Frisk Tactic

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The discovery of a beautiful young jogger viciously raped and murdered in a Queens, New York park last August was solved through the use of a tried-and-true tactic called Stop, Question, and Frisk.

However, the New York City Police Department (NYPD) has agreed to cut back on the use of the tactic because of a legal settlement involving its use.

As part of a legal settlement that came out Thursday, Feb. 2, the NYPD agreed to limit its practice of stop-and-frisk in and near private apartment buildings across the city.

The settlement concerned the practice of police stops in areas surrounding buildings where landlords asked authorities to conduct patrols and detain trespassers as a part of a New York City-run “Trespass Affidavit Program.”

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The new agreement prevents cops from approaching, questioning, or arresting people walking around private buildings, affording the same constitutional protections individuals would in other parts of the city.

The agreement ended a slew of lawsuits filed against NYPD after a federal judge found parts of it to be “unconstitutional” back in 2013.

The New York Daily News reported it was a review of stop-and-frisk reports from the area near the crime scene that led the detectives to 20-year-old Chanel Lewis, who was arrested Saturday and charged with second-degree murder after confessing to the crime.

According to former Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, in an interview on Fox News: “To the extent that it’s not used as a national tactic, we all lose. It’s helpful in this case and that’s obviously a good thing, and quite frankly that should be standard practice. You look through all records.”

The controversial stop-and-frisk policy has been debated nationally over the last several years and it was New York City that was looking to get rid of it, entirely.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has said he would ignore any orders to be more aggressive in carrying out the tactic, stating, “If the Justice Department orders local police to resume stop-and-frisk, we will not comply.”

Heather Mac Donald, a fellow at the Manhattan Institute and author of many criminal justice books, said “To the extent that there’s been public attention on this, it has been the wrong kind of attention. Stops have to be conducted lawfully. There needs to be a threshold of needed suspicion. But if that stop is lawful, the police should be able to use that information in the future to solve crimes.”

H/T: Fox News

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