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Stop, Question and Frisk has long been a hot topic on our show and we've heard every opinion imaginable on this controversial policing tactic. So I think it's about time the issue made it's way to the City Council. Whether they disagree with the policy or not, lawmakers should be afforded the same chance to sound off and debate the issues that affect New Yorkers and this is clearly a concern to many of their constituents. Now, there will be some members that may use this for political means (and it wouldn't be the last time), but I'm sure those who oppose stop and frisk won't mind that if it means they can get their voices heard. Your voices and thoughts are posted below.



After a summer of criticism over the controversial Stop, Question and Frisk policy, the City Council debated a series of bills today focused on reforming the NYPD. But during the hearing, a representative from Mayor Bloomberg's administration testified the Council doesn't have the authority to enact the reforms, and any bill "would be invalid if enacted."

The Council is considering legislation that would require police officers to ask for permission before a stop and frisk, ban street stops based on racial profiling, and create an inspector general to oversee the department. Do these sound reasonable to you?

Do you support the bills debated at the Council today? Would you welcome an independent monitor to oversee the police department? Should Council lawmakers have the authority to enact reforms to the NYPD and other departments?

Send your thoughts using the link above.



They continue to overstep their bounds. They are also trying to promote something about changing your party way before the elections for mayor. They are all crooks one and all and get away with murder.

VERY CONVENIENTLY THE DICTATOR IS IN ANOTHER COUNTRY ATTENDING SOMETHING ABOUT POLITICS=ONCE AGAIN THIS MAYOR IS MINDING SOMEONE ELSE' BUSINESS.

THIS CHRISTINE QUINN IS JUST TAKING OVER AND GETTING INVOLVED JUST LIKE THE MAYOR IN TO MANY THINGS=I NOTICE THAT ALL OF THE WASHED UP OLD BAGS THAT WORKED IN CIVIL SERVICE, THE ONES THAT STILL DO AND THEN I HAVE ALSO SEEN GLORIA STEINEM AND MARLO THOMAS COMING OUT OF THE WOODWORK=WHAT THE HELL IS ALL THAT?

JUST LIKE THIS MALONEY STIRRING THE POT LIKE ALL THE OTHERS PROPOSING PROJECTS THAT WILL EVENTUALLY COST US TAX PAYERS MORE AND MORE MONEY.

Maxxiee
Morris Park



Gee -- the New York City Council -- 51 dwarfs who think they're giants -- I'll go with the mayor on this one, thank you.

Bruce
Upper West Side



Stupid.
Really stupid.

"......Pardon me, May I frisk you....
would you mind waiting for a supervisor ?
No .. ? Ok,
Carry On....."

I can see this working out well.

Here is the first problem, the people making these
decisions are getting a paycheck, first waste right there.
There must be someone with a brain, somewhere.

We need real help, not just super glossed cosmetic
looking help.

Esmerelda
East Village



im a memeber of a group called fathers 4 justice and advocate for parents and children. i think nyc federal agency's need to over see this and the city needs to enact new laws,here in the lower east side were being stoped ,and its always all the time the innocent people are being treated unfair.theres a increase of crime here but if there were more police officers that worked with us in our area and kept communications open as well as having cops walking beats,car partols more oftern and getting to know the community like it used to be would be great.the issues are they keep rotating the police officers here they dont stay long enough in the district ,once the feds are involved and new laws are enacted theyll be very careful in violating peoples rights .

Eric



Anyone with half a brain, knows that the real problem with stop & frisk, is that it's 99.9% "White" cops subjecting men of color to unreasonable tactics. If the "Blue wall of silence and deception" wasn't virtually all white & biased, it wouldn't be such an issue! On the other hand, until enough men, not "THUGS", of color can even begin to qualify for law enforcement jobs, in significant numbers, it's not going to change!


Steven
Jamaica



I support an inspector general, banning racial profiling and making compliance with stop, question and frisk voluntary.

But what if the person refuses to cooperate? Then what happens? Go directly to jail?

Joe
Port Richmond



Let's keep in mind that the bad guys don't play by the rules. Keep SQF the way it is.

Jimmy
The Bronx



I testified at todays hearing and I question why the President of PBA did not testify and the other point I made was that if 685.000 stops in 2012 were done 87 percent of time on jews like mysself their would be an uproar and an Inspector general would be in effect imm ediately. The fire dept has an IG , why not NYPD.

Allan
Midwood



The police are trashing the 4th amendment AND dis respecting the public. Where are our CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS??

If I am walking down the street and a cop stops me I have the absolute right to deny them permission to touch me. Unlawful searches are a disgrace in America and must stop. The cops are fishing for any reason to arrest U.S. Citizens. This is a disgusting abuse and spits in the face of the Constitution.

Is this really where America has fallen to?

Lou
Queens



Why is this even a topic of conversation! Let the NYPD do their jobs. The policy needs no change. If they didn't search thoroughly you'd be complaining about that too! It's not profiling, it's crime you hear about all the time in regard to certain races. People do it to themselves. You never hear about certain races shooting each other or having guns. Why be so defensive?! Everyone is equal. Stop complaining about being picked on when everyone has the same opportunity in this country. The NYPD has a job to do, if you look suspicious then you should be stopped and frisked. No questions asked.

Adrienne
Sunset Park



I feel so bad for Lee from Midtown. She is delusional and detached from reality.

I am Black with a PhD from an Ivy League school and am a faculty member at a prestigious school, own a home, and never been in trouble and that is the same for most people that I know that are like me. Despite this, I know Black men that graduated from Ivy League schools that are top bankers and lawyers that get profiled.

Just because most serial killers are white men, am I supposed to wrongfully assume that all white men are serial killers? No! That's profiling, and its stupid!

Stephani
Fort Greene



it's particularly telling that the mayor and the police commissioner thumbed their noses at the city council and these bills, just like they thumb their noses at all the statistics that say stopping and frisking 700,000 men of color last year resulted in negligible arrests and confiscation of guns.

king bloomberg doesn't care what the people think, look how he overturned the people's vote on term limits. When bloomberg gets up in the morning and looks in the mirror he's consulted everyone he needs to for the rest of the day.

Meryl
Manhattan



Honestly? I dont see the effectiveness of " stop and frisk" to me, its just a huge waste of time for the cops and an embarrassment to those being frisked

Carmen
Bay Ridge



Its called Democracy. The people of New York City, through our legislators, have every right to reform and amend our Police Force. Whether the reforms are good or not, the NYC Council of course has such power.

Dan
Rego Park



Is Mayor Bloomberg's Counselor correct in saying that the CPL of New York states that the city council does not have a right to appoint an independent inspector general for oversight of the NYPD in relation to its stop-and-frisk policy? This is changing the criminal procedure law of New York? Not sure how. What is wrong with appointing an independent inspector general as additional oversight of the NYPD? If there is sufficient oversight right now -- why is there a class action lawsuit accusing the NYPD of discrimination that a federal judge is letting go forward? And what about the 4th Amendment of the US Constitution prohibiting unreasonable search and seizures? How does that play out in all of this? I have seen some pretty questionable stop-and-frisks.

And the person who quoted President Obama this evening -- please do not state that President Obama has or is saying that most crimes are committed by Hispanics and Blacks . . . just outrageous. I have never, ever heard him speak those words.

Lisa



Odd how this issue has been on the burner for several years and now that she is running for mayor, Quinn decides to make it her issue. How convenient.


Steve
Forest Hills



The police are not being up front about policing their force. I was arrested without being told why. I went to court and the case was discharged. When I call the them about investigating it, I was told that someone would get back to me. Someone did call and told me that it would be looked into. And never got a call back after that. So to the question if they need oversight. I would say there is no question. (This was in April !)

Ronald



Just look at the real crime stats and you will know the rich steal in a different way they don't get stop question and frisk its the poor that create their own problem. Don't blame the cops for trying to make your community safe you should say thank you for stopping me because I have nothing to hide. Its the ones that get arrested that complain. STOP trying to give more power to the law breakers... Support your POLICE.....

David
Glendale



I just recently moved to NYC from NC and I can't fathom this whole stop and frisk thing. It's clearly unconstitutional (the 4th amendment protecting us from illegal search and seizures), so clearly the police are breaking the law. Additionally, what is the rate of improvement at stopping crime by doing so? Anyone who is stopped by the police either to ask to check their bag or for stop and frisk should invoke the 4th amendment and ask for a warrant and potentially a lawyer.

This is disgusting, and it'd never happen where I come from. It'd cause more violence than prevent it.

Aaron



The City Council should not have authority to reform stop, question & frisk policy because there is not just criminal procedure law but Nypd policies governing this policy. I think the leaders of the communities should focus on getting more decent people involved in reporting crime & having parents get more involved with their children so they won't get stopped.

Dave
Flatbush



Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty? The police just assume because your black or latino that your automatically guilty.

Stranje



I was stopped by nypd and frisked I was a little upset at first but then they explained the reason for stop and it was satisfactory enjoy for me.

The nypd has increased patrol in my neighbourhood of south Richmond hill and I feel a lot safer now walking from train to home at night.

Karen
South Richmond Hill



yes I agree with David from Glendale , if you have nothing to hide what is the problem, I also agree with William from Morrisania these young people should represent themselves better and make themselves look like decent citizens. the Police is doing a great job and they should continue to stop and frisk to get the guns off the street.

Ana
Jackson Heights



Its ok to Frisk ... But not to SEARCH.
Define Frisk...

Benny



My opinion is, the cops have too much power going to their head. They think and are invisible cause the commissioner Kely backs them up no matter what they do. If the police respected the public like their logo on their patrol car says, no one would have a problem with their policies.

Elinton
Hollis



Im White. As a kid my area had high crime so I was frisked a lot. I was dodging cops a lot to avoid a frisk. We got to know many by name. As a man ive been pulled over frequently for nothing. Whenr an area has more street crime there will be more stops and more frisks for that area's safety. Sorry guys the race card isnt working here,nice try.

Mike
Queens



As a female pastor I have been stop. The mayor and Kelly had no intention of coming to the meeting, Quinn knew they were not coming.

I hope that all that say it is alright will be stop a patted all over , curse and call all kind of names by these racist cops.

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