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How effective is the “stop and frisk” policy?

by Margaret Manalo

Date published: February 10, 2015

Safety on city streets – the goal of the police force.

Naturally, multiple policies are crafted to maintain order and peace in the face of crime. But what if some of these practices become so flawed that racial bias and opinionated assumptions corrupt the system?


The procedure of “stop, question and frisk” is a New York Police Department (NYPD) policy that involves detaining and questioning pedestrians, then potentially searching them. The physical pat-down search is done if there is “reasonable suspicion” that the pedestrian in question is “committed, is committing, or is about to commit a felony or a Penal Law misdemeanor.”



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