Stop and frisk inherently biased

Controversial law should not be allowed to leave New York


Abraham Abundis

New York City’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy is finally on its way out, marking the end of a practice that violated the Constitution and racially discriminated.

Stop and frisk should not be allowed to spread to other cities because it violates people’s rights.

This policy is unconstitutional because it ignores the Fourth Amendment, which protects U.S. citizens from unreasonable search, and it violates the 14th Amendment because New York City police officers are not offering equal protection for all.

According to the New York Civil Liberties Union, police officers have stopped more than 4 million people since stop and frisk was first implemented.

Police officers mainly target minority groups such as young black and Latino men and women, profiling them as more likely to commit crimes.

In the first nine months of 2013, 179,063 individuals were stopped and frisked in New York City.

Eighty-nine percent were completely innocent and did not have to go through further investigation.

If we divide these numbers by race, it begins to get interesting: 56 percent of the people stopped were black, 29 percent were Latino, and only 11 percent were white, according to the NYCLU.

The NYCLU, along with the New York City mayor Bill De Blasio, have argued against stop-and-frisk profiling, saying that just because these two groups have the most criminals doesn’t mean you can label them all as criminals.

People should be able to look for cops to make them feel safer, not make them feel scared because of the color of their skin.

We live in the land of the free and the home of the brave, so we shouldn’t be afraid of getting labeled as criminals every time we leave the house.