stop-and-frisk program

It appears that some form of stop- and- frisk has moved to be urban America’s number one method of BvDEfS4IUAAuTPCviolent crime prevention. Many major police departments around the country use a stop- and- frisk program method, or some variation, as a pretense to deter known criminals, “the players,” from committing crimes, or as mobile data banks for getting to know potential players in these exclusive settings. In 2009, I published,  A BlackMan’s Guide To Law Enforcement In America, and it was met with mixed emotions from both members in the law enforcement community and critics from less diverse communities. Many of the claims were that men or color should not need instructions on how to deal with the police. It was also voiced that on most occasions when a Black or Hispanic male is stopped by the police, they most likely deserve it. Perception indicated that most believed these individuals were obviously breaking the law, or in the wrong place at the wrong time. Though this sentiment is more often publicly shared by civilians rather than police officers, it should be noted that increasing political opinions have been driving recent law enforcement strategies adopted by a bulk of police agencies throughout the country.

Earlier this month, the Justice Department ruled that the New York Police Department’s practice of stop- and- frisk acts as a precursor to racial profiling, which we all know is a violation of one’s constitutional imagesN2NV2T81rights.  This subsequently rendered the practice as illegal. New York Mayor Bloomberg disagrees with the ruling, stating that the practice has shown a dramatic decrease in crime. He has inferred that the practice is responsible for the reduction of crimes over the past ten years. This seems a very interesting approach to qualifying the practice since it appears that the practice of stop- and- frisk was officially introduced in New York over the past 12 months. As an urban police officer with over 17 years of experience, and an author on the topic of racial profiling/police relations, I would agree that stop- and- frisk can, on occasion, be a useful tool in potential select crime prevention. However, the practice can not, and should not become the soul mission in any crime reduction methodology. A practice such as stop- and- frisk must be utilized as a fraction of a whole.  Think of stop- and- frisk as a word within a phrase, but not a complete thought.

New York City legislators are calling for a law that provides direct supervision over the police department. This move is unprecedented in modern-day urban policing. This could be due to the NYPD having had 556257_222239824559532_1331052834_nmore than enough accounts of highly questionable police related shootings of unarmed and presumed dangerous Black and Hispanic male victims. Many of these shooting began with a basic street stop, better known as stop- and- frisk, which had gone bad. The timing of this Justice Department report on NYPD stop- and- frisk comes at a bad time for Bloomberg and the NYPD. The city is approaching elections, President Barack Obama has delivered historical opinions on the state of race and perception of Black males in America, and Attorney General Eric Holder is petitioning criminal justice judicatories to reduce “mandatory minimums on sentencing.” This is all forming into “the perfect storm” for urban criminal justice reform.

The latest reports from the NYPD and Mayor Bloomberg suggests that the practice of stop- and- frisk has been rendered the “Gold Cuff Key” to urban violent crime reduction.  As I have written in my book, A BlackNow available at Amazon $13:22 Paperback/$5.99 Kindle Edition Man’s Guide To Law Enforcement In America, these types of strategies often termed as “unofficial police policies” often lead to fatalities and multi-million dollars wrongful death lawsuits to city tax payers. Stop- and- frisk also promotes Disproportional Minority Contact –DMC, which further exacerbates historically strained relationships between police and communities of color. This has been cited as an excessive economic burden to state and local budgets; moreover, the idea that a stop- and- frisk practice would help maintain low crime stats is unrealistic.

Crime reduction must be measured from various venues when assessing police practices. Making internal changes within the NYPD which would allow for a more diverse police command staff, one that would include a significant number of Black, Hispanic, and female commanders and supervisors, could also account for effective police strategies that would reduce crime. Such an action would be welcomed by the urban communities and not violate the citizens’ rights. Understanding and adopting proactive police community programs aimed at delivering wrap-around resources to at-risk youth and their families would increase positive police and community relations. The number one rule to successful modern-day policing is to remember: A community must allow itself to be policed. Therefore, an ideal strategy might be to Stop- and- get- to- know, to understand the people being policed. This may not be as cop cool as stop- and- frisk, but it would be more effective across the lines.

Edited by Raven Mitchell


On Saturday 11-16-2013 5:AM, Shafiq R.F. Abdussabur appeared on
A New Day for Al-Islam in America – radio WPAT 930 AM in New York.
Shafiq at Audubon Ballroom
Shafiq admitted that it was the earliest interview of his speaking career.
However, the topic was hotter than his cup of fresh brewed hot coffee.
Click link to listen.
A new clip posted Saturday shows an apparently lifeless Garner, with his head drooping to the side, surrounded by at least eight cops…..
July 19, 2014

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Shafiq R. Fulcher Abdussabur is an author, public speaker, racial profiling consultant, entrepreneur, and retired law enforcement Sergeant. His unique views and approach to urban violence prevention, racial profiling prevention and community based policing have been featured in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, NPR-Where We Live, New Haven Independent, NPR-All Things Considered, WYBC-Electric Drum, New Haven Advocate, Russian Radio, BBC, PBS, New York Daily News, New Haven Register, Hartford Courant, and Al Jazeera America. His repertoire continues to grow consistently. He has appeared as a guest host on WNPR's “Where We Live.” He is also a contributing writer for the Huffington Post.


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