NEW YORK (WPIX)—Does stop and frisk cut crime? That's the big question concerning the controversial police tactic. Opponents say no it doesn't cut crime and it leads to racial profiling. Supporters say it helps to get guns off the streets.
According to Newsday, new statistics sent to the city council from the N.Y.P.D. show that while the department was pulling back on stop and frisk activity in the second quarter of the year, serious crime was on the increase.
In East New York's 75th Precinct stop and frisks were down 50 percent, but serious crime jumped 10 percent compared to last year.
Natasha Christopher, whose son was shot and killed in July, told PIX 11, "There's a lot of people out there who deserve to be stop and frisked. I lost my son because a lot of illegal guns are out here. They need to get the guns off the street."
But State Senator and former cop Eric Adams opposes the policy and told PIX11, "It would not have saved this child. That was a difficult thing for a mother. We all respond with passion, but laws and policies are not based on passion, they are based on fact."
The N.Y.P.D. says the crime increase could be due to other factors. Police spokesman Paul Browne told Newsday, "There are too many variables to make a definitive determination."