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Murder Rate Rises As Philly Controls Stop-and-Frisk

July 11, 2012  | 

New York City leaders considering reining in the department's stop-and-frisk policy amid criticism from civil liberties groups have looked to Philadelphia for a possible model.

The Philadelphia Police Department, following a 2010 class-action lawsuit from civil-rights lawyers, began controlling the field stops. The move may have come at a price, as the city's homicide rate has steadily climbed since 2010.

As of late Tuesday, 189 people had been slain in the city, compared with 169 at the same time in 2011. In most cases, both victims and perpetrators have been African-American or Hispanic men, reports the New York Times.

"I think we have to face some realities," Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey told The Times. "We certainly do not want to be stopping people without the reasonable suspicion that we need to conduct a stop. But just because someone is complaining and they want to play the race card doesn't mean it's an inappropriate stop."

Related:

NYCLU Releases 'Stop and Frisk Watch' App

Civil Rights Suit Filed Against NYPD's Stop-and-Frisk

Tags: NYPD, Philadelphia PD, ACLU Activism, Terry Stops, Search and Seizure, Fourth Amendment


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Brian @ 7/24/2012 1:42 PM

Murders shoot up by twenty. Not twenty percent, just twenty in a single year. 189 instead of 169 in one year. Yep, time to go back to racial profiling. It's the darkies that do all the killing. This proves it. However, I have a hard time rationalizing why we are doing this since darkies usually kill other darkies making a policeman's life easier. (and less costly. You guys know how much bullets cost these days, amirite?) So, unless those twenty people happen to be white, then what's the big deal?

Also, tell me if I'm getting the hang of the "policeman Mentality". I've been working on it if this post isn't telling of that tale.

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