`Stop-and-frisk` debate: Is it the right approach? - New York News

`Stop-and-frisk` debate: Is it the right approach?

Posted: Updated:
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Chicago and other cities across America are looking for new ways to tackle violence.

At the center of the national debate this summer has been New York's tactic of "stop-and-frisk." The policy allows police to essentially search anyone they think is suspicious. The NYPD says it's one of the keys to the dramatic reduction in crime in New York.

Critics say it's little more than a form of racial profiling and a federal judge agreed with them. The judge said "stop-and-frisk" violated the constitutional rights of minorities.

New York is appealing and the debate is far from over.

New York police report 4.4 million stops in the past decade with about ten percent of those leading to an arrest. But four out of every five people stopped were black or Hispanic.

So, is it the right approach to a problem that desperately needs a solution?

Commentator and former talk show host Garrard McClendon says it can be an effective tool for police, but Ed Yohnka with the Chicago ACLU says police can't use any tool that's unconstitutional.

Watch the debate video above.

Follow Us!

Share Your Photos & Video

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Hundreds celebrate Easter at St. Patricks Cathedral

    Hundreds celebrate Easter at St. Patricks Cathedral

    Saturday, April 19 2014 10:37 PM EDT2014-04-20 02:37:51 GMT
    Hundreds of people showed up to Saturday's mass at St. Patricks Cathedral to celebrate Easter, one of the holiest days for Christians around the world.
    Hundreds of people showed up to Saturday's Mass at St. Patricks Cathedral to celebrate Easter, one of the holiest days for Christians around the world.
  • NYC police investigating body in plastic container

    NYC police investigating body in plastic container

    Police in New York City are questioning a suspect after discovering a dead body stuffed into a large, black plastic storage container.
    Police in New York City are questioning a suspect after discovering a dead body stuffed into a large, black plastic storage container.
  • Governor kicks off 114th annual New York International Auto Show

    Governor kicks off 114th annual New York International Auto Show

    Saturday, April 19 2014 7:00 PM EDT2014-04-19 23:00:18 GMT
    Auto fans you may already know this the 114th New York International Automobile Show is in town this week. Governor Cuomo was on hand Saturday to kick off the official opening of the 10 day event by driving a 2015 Chevrolet Corvette convertible through the Jacob Javits Convention Center.
    Auto fans you may already know this the 114th New York International Automobile Show is in town this week. Governor Cuomo was on hand Saturday to kick off the official opening of the 10 day event by driving a 2015 Chevrolet Corvette convertible through the Jacob Javits Convention Center.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices