2013-07-05 / Letters

Favors Stop And Frisk

Dear Editor:

You can't have it both ways. Stop and Frisk has produced positive results. I have been stopped many times and have no problem with it.

What NYPD has to do is show in good faith that their method is INDEED random and not targeting a specific population make up/ race. For example, in the beginning of the shift, the Sergeant or Lieutenant in charge can open a log book with a notation "Random pat and search will be conducted on the Mott Avenue subway station. We will stop and frisk every tenth person entering the station."

At this point, NYPD can no longer be accused of targeting a certain race or population make up. The method selected can vary day by day (as to not let the public know the method).

At the same time, they can show that the method is random. For each person frisked, an entry will be made in the log book to document the search (and the disposition, e.g. clean, carrying a swissknife, etc.)

RAOUL WATSON

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