By Scotty Reid, 2/24/2012, news, politics
New York City Council Member Jumaane D. Williams plans to introduce a three-part bill aimed at curbing civil liberty abuses under the NYPD’s Stop & Frisk program. The program has been under intense scrutiny after data was released showing NYPD officers stopped over 600,000 people in 2011, a new record. Since Mayor Bloomberg took office in 2000, the NYPD has stopped and frisked over 4.8 million people.
City Council member Williams spoke out at a City Hall news conference in May of 2010 where he accused the NYPD of targeting people with more melanin in their skin. The New York American Civil Liberties Union writes on its website concerning the latest data from the NYPD,
“The Department’s own reports on its stop-and-frisk activity confirm what many people in communities of color across the city have long known: The police are stopping hundreds of thousands of law abiding New Yorkers every year, and the vast majority are black and Latino.”
Williams plans to introduce a three-part bill that would require NYPD officers to inform detained people of their right to not consent being searched and the officers would also be required to give those stopped a business card that includes the officer’s name, rank and unit. Law enforcement officers in several cities including Portland, Oregon have been required to follow this procedure for the past two years.