Bill de Blasio campaigned promising that he would put a stop to what he called the New York City Police Department's abuse of stop and frisk in black and Latino neighborhoods, and some of the mayor-elect's closest supporters are expecting him to follow through, no matter how tough the job. NY1's Dean Meminger filed the following report.
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio's supporters backed him to victory, but now, some are warning that they'll keep a close eye on his control of the police department once he takes over at City Hall.
"I think every mayor should understand that even their allies at various times, even people who they agree with at various times, need to hold their feet to the fire," said Donna Lieberman of the New York Civil Liberties Union.
The New York Civil Liberties Union released a report called "Beyond Deliberate Indifference: An NYPD for All New Yorkers." The NYCLU once again bashed the mayor and police department for stop, question and frisk, but the report also outlined recommendations for de Blasio.
"He should also undertake a full review of our city's system of police accountability to identify where the gaps are and what changes need to be undertaken," Lieberman said.
The NYCLU report came as Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office released its own report about stop-and-frisk numbers.
The attorney general looked at nearly 150,000 arrests from 2.4 million stops. The analysis found that about half of those arrests, or only 3 percent of stops, resulted in convictions, and that one-tenth of 1 percent led to convictions for violent crimes. It also found that just .3 percent of stops led to jail sentences of more than 30 days.
The city says that the report is flawed, arguing that stop-and-frisk arrest and conviction rates are about the same for arrests and convictions in other crimes. The NYPD continues to say that stop, question and frisk might prevent crimes from even happening because potential criminals are scared off after being questioned.
City Councilman Jumaane Williams of Brooklyn argues that that philosophy is why so many people are stopped.
"What I was hoping is that this administration would make the arrogance go a little smaller so that we can broaden the discussion to talk about the things that are working," Williams said.
There's only about a month and half left to have that discussion with the current mayor and police commissioner.