New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is calling Monday's stop-and-frisk ruling a "dangerous decision" and believes the new policy will threaten the future safety of New Yorkers.
Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled that the NYPD's stop-and-frisk practices violated the fourth and 15th Amendment rights of plaintiffs in the case of Floyd vs. City of New York. The federal judge did not order an end to the policy, but has instead appointed an independent monitor to oversee changes to the practice.
At a press conference following the ruling, Bloomberg continued to defend the police department's use of stop and frisk by saying it kept New Yorkers safe, even though statistics show that it disproportionately targets African-Americans and Latinos.
"This is a dangerous decision made by a judge who I think does not understand how policing works and what is compliant with the U.S. Constitution as determined by the Supreme Court," Bloomberg said. "I worry for my kids, and I worry for your kids. I worry for you and I worry for me. Crime can come back any time the criminals think they can get away with things. We just cannot let that happen."
Associated Press reports:
Bloomberg said police have done exactly what the courts and constitution allow to keep the city safe, reiterating the tactic was one tool that has helped drive down crime to record lows. The ruling could result, he said, in a return to the days of crime and mayhem, when murders hit an all-time high of 2,245 in 1990. Killings hit an all-time low of 418 in 2012.
Scheindlin refused to hear testimony on crime rates, and her ruling skewered the city's defense of the practice and argument that it effectively polices itself.
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