Federal Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled that the city’s policy of stop and frisk is racial discrimination and unconstitutional. Well, I believe like Mayor Bloomberg that to stop this policy will make us all unsafe. And I applaud the NYPD and its Finest under Police Commissioner Ray Kelly for keeping us safe.
But there are those who wish to handcuff our diligent police officers from doing their job by taking away stop and frisk, a vital tool which saves lives.
As Bloomberg has stated, the Supreme Court has found this policy constitutional. It has taken 8,000 guns off the street over the past decade and some 80,000 other weapons. Our mayor also pointed out that as recently as 1990 the City of New York had more than six murders a day. Now we have an average of one per day. If murder rates had stayed the same, in a period of 11 years more than 7,300 who are alive today would not be alive.
Now, as far as Judge Scheindlin’s accusations that the policy is racist, let me point out that many of our police officers are from minority groups themselves, and 97 percent of shooting victims are also black or Hispanic.
I believe with a change in policy more young innocent children will be killed. More guns will enter our communities and the criminals will rule our streets. When that happens, those who can will sell their homes and move out of New York for a safer place to live. That will be a sad day indeed when the middle class moves out.