Bronx DA Adopts New Policy in Stop-Frisk Cases

The stop-frisk policy has been criticized for disproportionately targeting blacks and Latinos

View Comments ()
|
Email
|
Print

    NEWSLETTERS

    Police are questioning the 16-year-old son of a woman whose body was found stuffed in plastic contained in the Bronx Wednesday. John Noel reports. (Published Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012)

    The Bronx district attorney's office is no longer prosecuting people stopped at public housing projects under the city's stop-and-frisk policy unless the arresting officer ensures the arrest is warranted.     

    The DA's bureau chief, Jeannette Rucker, sent a letter to the NYPD saying arresting officers will now have to submit to an interview, according to The New York Times.  

    The Times say prosecutors quietly adopted the new requirement in July after finding many people arrested for trespassing at housing projects were innocent.     

    The stop-frisk policy has been criticized for disproportionately targeting blacks and Latinos.     

    Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Rucker overstated her perception of discrepancies regarding criminal trespass arrests.

    Nonetheless, he said the issue would be addressed at training sessions on how to conduct a lawful stop. 

    Get the latest from NBC 4 New York anywhere, anytimeiPhone/iPad App | Twitter | Facebook | Email Newsletters Send Us News Tips | Google+ | Instagram | RSS