In an interview with NY1 political anchor Errol Louis, former Mayor David Dinkins says he has doubts about the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy.
The former mayor has a unique perspective on stop-and-frisk. He first hired Ray Kelly as police commissioner back in the early 1990s. But Dinkins also got arrested during mass protests at One Police Plaza following the killing of Amadou Diallo.
On tonight’s “Inside City Hall,” he says stop-and-frisk may be a needed strategy...but that it's often abused.
“There are times when stop-and-frisk is improperly used, when one is approached simply because of the color of one’s skin or some other non-relevant aspect of things. Of course, the police officer will say ‘Well, he looks suspicious to me.’ Now, sometimes the person is someone who should be broached by police officers, but all too frequently that’s not the case,” Dinkins says.
You can watch the full interview on “Inside City Hall” at 7 p.m. and again at 10 p.m.