Tuesday, May 22, 2012

It's Wrong. Period

I couldn't believe this "debate" I was listening to (for 17 minutes no less) on NPR.

'Stop And Frisk' Works, But It's Problematic

"The New York City police reported that its officers stopped and frisked almost 700,000 people last year, which prompted a fresh round of protests over the controversial policy. In today's Washington Post, Richard Cohen writes that these questionable tactics have to be measured against their effects. New York City is heaven on earth, he wrote, possibly because it is a certain kind of hell for young black and Hispanic men. Do results justify questionable police tactics?"

It's wrong. End of debate. What's the matter with you people? It's been wrong for over 200 years.

"Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

Don Brown
May 22, 2012


Air Traffic Mike said...

Don, it's criminal.

It didn't work in the 1600's through 1700's.

It didn't work in Mussolini's Italy.

My late father fought World War Two every night in his sleep from 1942 until his death (war related) in 1980.

He gave "at the office".

We have all these youngsters fighting for "freedom" that idiots want to strip us of.

Like you, I am a proud American who understands that the current "hard Right" is wrong. I voted for President Obama and I'll do it again.

Mitt Romney makes *clueless* look bright.

However, this stuff going on in NYC is crap.

Forget *Politically Correct* and slap some sense into them.

The *middle* is where the majority of us as Americans live. You said it SO well. "We are a country built on compromise."

We are.

Intelligent people don't live their lives on *the fringe*.

Limbaugh is a moron.

Roger Ailes is a fool.

I'd like to meet him and Rupert Murdoch for lunch one day.

They would spend the next three months asking each other, "What in the f*ck just happened?"

They, and their masters the Koch brothers, are bleeding this country dry to ensure they take a piece of any working man (or woman's) hide.

I love your blog.

You make sense.

You have your facts in order.

You know what its like to "work for a living".

Sadly, Ailes, Murdoch, Limbaugh, and the Koch brothers apparently had it easy.

Maybe we should give all four a headset and make them separate airplanes fill with their families.

In turn, you and I can do broadcast news and a couple talk shows on radio and television.

Let's see how cavalier those bastards are then.

Great job, as always Don.

ML, ret.

ih8tofly said...

Neither agreeing or disagreeing; just letting you know what the law is.

The practice now known as "stop and frisk" was held to be constitutional by the Supreme Court of the United States in 1963. Chief Justice Earl Warren wrote for the Court in an 8-1 decision in Terry v. Ohio.

You can check-out the wiki page here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry_v._Ohio

Don Brown said...

Thanks for the info, ih8tofly. Just because the NYPD calls it "stop and frisk" doesn't mean it bears any resemblance to the Terry case. And then there's the 700,000 times thing. That's equal to half the population of Manhattan.

It's nice to know the reason for the language/phrase. I appreciate it. Thanks for writing.

Don Brown