Why communities will suffer without ‘stop and frisk’

While the ACLU continues to attack police use of “stop and frisk,” history shows that aggressive and focused policing substantially reduces crime


Recently, several lawsuits have been filed that are designed to limit, if not eliminate, law enforcement’s ability to use the stop and frisk procedure to protect the community from harm and violence. This effort appears to be spearheaded by the ACLU.

In 2013 a federal judge in New York declared the New York Police Department’s (NYPD) execution of stop and frisk unconstitutional.

In March 2015 in Chicago, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) issued a report titled “Stop and Frisk in Chicago,” which alleged that the Chicago Police Department (CPD) disproportionally utilized the stop and frisk procedure against the city’s African-American population, causing systemic abuse of their constitutional rights.

Shortly after the ACLU report, in April 2015, a class action suit was filed in federal court in Chicago on behalf of minority plaintiffs alleging that the CPD used the stop and frisk procedure in an unconstitutional manner to deprive them of their constitutional rights.

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