Stop and frisk in the News: The Human Cost of Zero Tolerance Policing

“Mayor Michael Bloomberg needs to recognize that zero-tolerance policing is not the panacea his Police Department seems to think it is. The police need to spend more time tracking down serious crime and less on minor offenses. There is nothing minor about a record that can follow people for the rest of their lives. ” Read more.

Stop-and-Frisk in the News: Operation Clean Halls. Read this article about how stop-and-frisk plays out under NYPD’s “Operation Clean Halls” program. This program gives police permission to stop people in the lobbies and halls of private rental buildings. The New York Civil Liberties Union is filing a lawsuit on behalf of plaintiffs who “are subject to being stopped and illegally ticketed or arrested for trespassing in their own buildings if they fail to produce identification when they take out the garbage, check the mail, duck out to the store for a quart of milk.”

Have you ever been stopped by a police officer in a residential building or know someone who has? What do you think about Operation Clean Halls? Tell us with your art!

Stop-and-Frisk in the News: Two sides of the debate. Check out this article in the Huffington Post outlining the two sides of the stop-and-frisk debate. Who do you agree with?

Stop-and-Frisk in the News: Top 10 NYPD Precincts for Stop-and-Frisk in 2011. Do you live in one of these neighborhood? What does stop-and-frisk mean in your community? Tell us with your art!

Top 10 precincts for 2011 NYPD stop-and-frisks:

75 - (East New York, Bk.): 31,100

73 - (Brownsville, Bk.): 25,167

115 - (Jackson Heights, Qns.): 18,156

40 - (South Bronx, Bx.): 17,690

90 - (Williamsburg, Bk.): 17,566

23 - (Upper East Side/East Harlem, Man.) : 17,498

43 - (Soundview, Bx.) : 17,281

103 - (Jamaica, Qns.) - 17,152

44 - (Morris Heights, Bx.) 16,903

120 - (St. George, SI.) 16,490

Read more in the NY Daily News.

Stop-and-Frisk in the News: Trayvon Martin and Stop-and-frisk

“The type of discriminatory stereotyping that led Zimmerman to deem Trayvon as ‘suspicious’ and worthy of a stop plays out every day in major cities.”

Check out this great article on the Washington Post.