09/01/2012

Shot NY boy' s mom: More stop and frisk

Mother says cops should do whatever it takes to make the city's streets safer

Frank Rosario and Cynthia R. Fagen
The New York Post

NEW YORK — The Bronx boy struck by a stray bullet as he played with pals Monday evening had to have his leg broken by doctors just so they could remove the fragments, his tearful mom said yesterday.

A heavily sedated Guiller­mo Delacruz, 9, could only give a wave when asked how he was feeling a day after he was shot by a thug who opened fire near Yankee Stadium.

His mom, Yolanda, 41, said she is sick of gun violence and added that cops should do whatever it takes to make the city's streets safer — including continuing the controversial stop-and-frisk tactics.

"I don't care what anyone has to do. I'm just worried about kids on the street and I am just . . . worried about my son," said an angry Delacruz.

"If stop-and-frisk works, then use it."

Earlier this year, The Post reported that major crimes spiked by more than 12 percent after the number of stop-and-frisks dropped, as did the number of guns confiscated.

The police policy has been under fire from civil- liberty groups as well as some elected officials.

"If [stop-and-frisk] keeps guns off the streets and our children safe, then I agree with it. They should use it more," Delacruz said.

Copyright 2012 N.Y.P. Holdings, Inc.

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