Despite vehement protests by the left, as it turns out the NYPD stop and frisk policy has become a lifesaver. Ironically, it’s “people of color” who are being saved.
The decline in New York City’s murder rate — which the NYPD credits, in large part, to stop-and-frisk — is so dramatic that it has helped boost the average life expectancy of Big Apple residents, The Post has learned.
A city Health Department analysis listed all the factors that contributed to increased life expectancy of New Yorkers from 78 a decade ago to 81 in 2010.
The report attributes two-thirds of higher longevity to reductions in heart disease and cancer rates, and another 11 percent to longevity of residents with AIDS/HIV — thanks to better treatment and medication — as the two biggest reasons for longer life spans.
But the analysis also credits the plummeting murder rate as 2 percent responsible for increased life expectancy — 3 percent for men and 1.2 percent for women.
The number of homicides fell from 673 in 2000 to 536 in 2010. Last year, it plunged to 419.
Overall, the city’s death rate dropped to 6.4 percent in 2010, when 52,575 New Yorkers died, compared with 7.4 percent in 2002, when 59,651 people died — or 7,076 fewer.
The analysis shows that while life expectancy is up among all ethnic groups and parts of the city, it was greater among blacks. It increased 3.8 years for blacks, 3.2 years for whites and 2.2 years for Hispanics from 2001 to 2010.
If Sharpton and the other rabble had their way, thousands more blacks would be dead.
The disclosure of the data comes at a time when critics — including Democratic candidates running for mayor — want to dramatically scale back some of the NYPD’s aggressive crime-fighting strategies credited with reducing gun violence and murder, particularly stop-and-frisk.
But Police Commissioner Ray Kelly has said that would be a mistake.
“I believe this tactic is lifesaving. It is lawful and its constitutionality was upheld by the Supreme Court in 1968,” Kelly said during a recent speech before Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network convention.
“There are 7,364 fewer murders, largely the lives of young men of color. That’s 7,364 lives saved.”
Not even these facts will prevent the angry left from railing against this life-saving policy. Shows you their priorities.