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Thursday, February 9, 2017

NYPD lessens 'stop-and-frisk' although it leads to murder suspect

The NYPD agreed to make further cuts to the stop-and-frisk tactics that has proven successful in fighting street violence and other crimes in the past, and has most recently led to the arrest of a sexual assault and murder suspect.

The body of 30-year-old Karina Vetrano was discovered in a Queens park in August. The story made national headlines but authorities had little information to go on. However, it was reported by The New York Daily News that it was a review of the stop-and-frisk reports from the area near the crime scene that helped lead cops to a 20-year-old named Chanel Lewis--who was arrested Saturday and charged with second-degree murder.

Former New York City Police Commissioner, Ray Kelly, opined about stop-and-frisk telling Fix News: "To the extent that it's not used as a national tactic, we all lose. It's helpful in this case and that's obviously a good thing, and quite frankly, that should be standard practice. You look through all records."

But anti-police sentiment from Soros-funded groups like Black Lives Matter, have gone after this tactic and now New York City is leading the charge to get rid of it altogether--because it works.

During the presidential campaign, then GOP nominee Donald Trump spoke of stop-and-frisk favorably while then Democratic felon nominee Hillary Clinton told a church group that evidence used to justify the tactic "doesn't hold up to scrutiny." She was obviously wrong, as usual.

New York City socialist Mayor Bill de Blasio said in November that he would ignore a hypothetical order to be more aggressive in supporting the tactic, as he ignores most other laws that help law enforcement enforce laws.

"If the Justice Department orders local police to resume stop-and-frisk, we will not comply," de Blasio said. 

Of course had there been no stop-and-frisk tactic implemented in the past, Vetrano's killer would still be out there. Luckily for de Blasio, the chances for him or his family being killed or sexually assaulted is very small, much like his IQ.

"To the extent that there's been public attention on this, it has been the wrong kind of attention," Heather Mac Donald a fellow at the Manhattan Institute said. She has written extensively on the criminal justice system and knows a thing or two about the efficacy of policing tactics. "Stops have to be conducted lawfully. There needs to be a threshold of needed suspicion. But if that stops is lawful, the police should be able to use that information in the future to solve crimes."

It's a tactic that works at saving lives. It's crazy to tie the hands of law enforcement but politicians are rarely affected by the laws they put in place or refuse to uphold.