WNYC: 'Police Aren't Finding Guns Where They're Looking the Hardest' with Stop-and-Frisk

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WNYC's Ailsa Chang and the wizards at the station's Data News Team have the story this morning you must read if you're interested in gun safety and/or stop-and-frisk.

Mayor Bloomberg has been on a roll defending stop-and-frisk lately, trying desperately to get people to embrace his controversial policing practices a decade into his administration. One tactic has been trying to convince New York liberals (who generally like the idea of gun control) that illegal guns are coming off the streets because of stop-and-frisk (the policy of searching hundreds of thousands of innocent black and brown folks a year which liberals generally don't like).

But, as Chang and the WNYC Data Team show, it looks like there is little correlation between where illegal guns are seized and where stops and frisks occur. At all. Whatsoever.

Expect the mayor and NYPD Police Commissioner Ray Kelly (if they respond to the story) to say that stop-and-frisk's low level of contraband is actually proof that what they do is working, because of its deterrence effect. Look for them also to ignore, as the Voice pointed last year, that by the NYPD's own numbers they actually get a higher yield of contraband from white people than blacks or Hispanics (and that they'd pick up a higher yield of contraband if they just took stop-and-frisk to the gentrified neighborhoods).

But read Chang's WNYC' story, and check out their interactive map to see a block by block analysis of where stop-and-frisks actually happen and how little overlap there is with capturing illegal guns.

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You can follow staff writer Steven Thrasher on twitter (@steven_thrasher) or reach him by email (sthrasher@villagevoice.com).

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Jeff Taylor
Jeff Taylor

Obviously  mayor Doomberg and his police thugs have never heard of the 4th Ammendment to the constitution,, you know, the part about unreasonable searches,,,

MNasser
MNasser

If the blacks don't want those racist cops please transfer them in my neighborhood. 9 out of every 10 murderers in NYC are black.  8 out of 10 murder victims are black. Let them keep shooting and stabbing each other if that's what they want.

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