2013-08-30 / Columnists

An Intern’s Take

The New Era of Stop and Frisk
By Ilyassha Shivers

With the City Council overturning Mayor Bloomberg’s veto there appears to be a new era of stop and frisk coming to the city of New York. Once deemed to be a successful tactic in deterring violence in high crime areas, the practice must now be overhauled to help officers better understand what is deemed probable cause. That being said, the public must understand the dangerous nature of the job and valuable service the NYPD provides to the community. At the end of the day, most officers are here to earn an honest day’s pay and return home to their wives and children.

In light of this and other issues, the Ocean Park Tenant Association sponsored a Stop and Frisk workshop on Wednesday at 120 Beach 19th Street in the community room. The TA President Theodora McKenzie said, “We are concerned with the conditions our youth are facing. This is the beginning; we will provide the resources necessary to make sure that our youth are prepared.” This event was attended by young people from the development and surrounding area and was geared toward helping young know how to respond when they are stopped. “When you are stopped by an officer, it is always wise to keep your hands out of your pockets and speak in a respectful tone,” said another organizer.

Tips such as that and other valuable information are offered at these workshops. This event was presented by Defend Justice. Jessica Douglas is the Executive Director. “The Defend Justice organization felt it was necessary to provide its free legal education forum to the most vulnerable Black and Latino youth in the precinct where the stops most often occur,” stated Jacques Leandre, an attorney with Defend Justice.

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