NY Times Laments NYPD Stop-and-Frisk Policy: Women, Minorities Hardest Hit

Posted by on Aug 07, 2012 at 9:34 am

It’s like a self-parody with these people. For some time there’s been the running gag that if the world came to an end the New York Times would lead with the headline World Ends, Women, Minorities Hardest Hit. Well, the bleeding hearts at the Times are now running with a variation of such a headline as they fret over the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy.

Obviously they’re concerned a disproportionate of those stopped are minorities, which makes sense since the bulk of the crime in the city happens to occur in minority  neighborhoods. But now they lament the  “deeper humiliation” it is for women, especially.

Break out the violins, kids.

Shari Archibald’s black handbag sat at her feet on the sidewalk in front of her Bronx home on a recent summer night. The two male officers crouched over her leather bag and rooted around inside, elbow-deep. One officer fished out a tampon and then a sanitary napkin, crinkling the waxy orange wrapper between his fingers in search of drugs. Next he pulled out a tray of foil-covered pills, Ms. Archibald recalled.

“What’s this?” the officer said, examining the pill packaging stamped “drospirenone/ethinylestradiol.”

“Birth control,” Ms. Archibald remembered saying.

She took a breath and exhaled deeply, hoping the whoosh of air would cool her temper and contain her humiliation as the officers proceeded to pat her down.

If you attend a football game at the Meadowlands you get patted down before entering Metlife Stadium. Funny, but I never see New York Times reporters around asking anyone how “deeply humiliating” it is.

Naturally the Times neglects to mention that since the NYPD has limited the “controversial” stop-and-frisk during the second quarter of 2012, crime has skyrocketed.

To counter the critics, the NYPD made changes in its stop-and-frisk strategy that reduced the number of stops by a startling 34 percent in the second quarter of 2012.

Mayor Bloomberg said it was too early to tell what impact that would have on crime. But as the program saw fewer stop-and-frisks, crime shot up by 12.4 percent.

So the Times should be thrilled. Stops are down and crime is up. It’s a win-win for them.

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