NYPD further curbs stop-and-frisk — even after strategy leads to murder suspect

The New York Police Department agreed Thursday to further cut back stop-and-frisk tactics – even as city investigators were using data gleaned from the practice to arrest the man now accused in a vicious sexual assault and murder.

The discovery of 30-year-old Karina Vetrano’s body in a Queens park in August made national headlines as authorities had very little information identifying her killer. But The New York Daily News reported it was a review of stop-and-frisk reports from the area near the crime scene that helped cops zero in on 20-year-old Chanel Lewis – who was arrested Saturday and charged with second-degree murder.

“To the extent that it’s not used as a national tactic, we all lose,” former New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly told Fox News. “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.”

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But the stop-and-frisk policy has come under attack nationally during the past several years, with New York City leading the charge to snuff it out. Thursday’s agreement – which curtailed stop-and-frisk in private apartment buildings – helped end a series of lawsuits against the NYPD, which has been the poster child for stop-and-frisk since a federal judge in 2013 ruled that one aspect of the policy was unconstitutional.

The debate resurfaced during the fall presidential campaign, with then-GOP nominee Donald Trump citing stop-and-frisk favorably during a televised debate and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton telling a church group that evidence used to justify the program “doesn’t hold up under scrutiny.”

Then, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in a November speech said he would ignore a hypothetical order to be more aggressive in carrying out the tactic.

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

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But without old stop-and-frisk reports placing Lewis in the vicinity of Vetrano’s death, police might not have been able to amass enough evidence to eventually take him into custody. He reportedly confessed to the crime.

Kelly, now the vice chairman at K2 Intelligence, a Manhattan cyber-intelligence firm, said some departments don’t have access to “that information,” charging that records aren’t being maintained and an unfavorable policing environment is leading officers to become skittish.

“If you look at it on a nationwide basis, crimes of violence, shootings and murders rising, I attribute that, certainly in pretty good measure, to the fact that police are not performing proactive duties that they were performing just a few years ago,” Kelly said.

Mac Donald said it will hurt an officer’s ability to thoroughly investigate crimes.

“You’re losing valuable information,” she said, “that the cops should have access to.”

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1 Comment

  1. janice

    NY Mayor Refusing An Order For Stop And Frisk? Who Is Running This USA, American’s? President Trump Is Not de Blasio! Going Against President Trump And Administration? Not Following Another Of Many Of Presidential Executive Order’s? Ask Not Ye Shall Not Receive Any-None At All Federal Grant’s, Welfare, Help For Highway’s Or Nothing At All From USA Federal Government! You’ve Cooked Your Goose And You Lose; You Are All On Your Own!

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