NEW YORK — City officials vow to appeal a federal judge’s ruling that NYPD so-called “Stop and Frisk” policy violates Constitutional rights.
U.S. District Judge Shira Sheindlin handed down her ruling yesterday and immediately drew the ire of New York Mayor and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly.
According to Bloomberg, the policy has “made New York City the safest big city in America,” reducing homicides and taking guns off the city’s streets.
“Think about what that change really means: if murder rates over the last 11 years had been the same as the previous 11 years, more than 7,300 people who today are alive would be dead,” Bloomberg said during a press briefing. “Stop-Question-Frisk has helped us prevent those and other crimes from occurring – which has not only saved lives, it has helped us to reduce incarceration rates by 30 percent, even as incarceration rates in the rest of the nation have gone up.