New York’s ‘Stop and Frisk’ Policy a Lifesaver

Posted by on Apr 22, 2013 at 8:02 am
Image: Al Sharpton

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.

Al Sharpton hardest hit.

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.

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12 Responses to “New York’s ‘Stop and Frisk’ Policy a Lifesaver”

  1. PGZN on 22/22/13 at 10:02 am

    Requiring a permit to be in public is also a “lifesaver”. If no one is allowed out, no one gets shot. You know what else is a lifesaver? Concealed carry.

  2. Palooka on 22/22/13 at 10:04 am

    Gee whiz, if only those ignorant black people would realize that systematic racism actually HELPS them!!!

  3. jakee308 on 22/22/13 at 10:24 am

    And how many stops were made and how many guns found? Why isn’t that statistic cited along with the supposed benefit?

    I’m not saying it’s not true but I’d like to see for myself how they arrive at the stop and frisk being responsible for the reduction.

  4. Phelps on 22/22/13 at 10:49 am

    Correlation is not causation. The drop also coincides with the NATIONWIDE drop in violent crime over the same period, while the rest of the country did not have S&F. If anything, this would indicate that S&F has had zero impact on violent crime.

  5. holmes on 22/22/13 at 11:09 am

    Yeah, this is exceptionally poor work. First, it’s not just the Left who care about invasive policies like this. And as Phelps states above, there are way too many variables to conclude this is working. How long as “stop and frisk” been used? Has a study been performed that isolates these variables and controls for other factors? Of course not. This is a press release by the PD. Pretty shoddy work here.

  6. The Grinch on 22/22/13 at 12:30 pm

    So violation of one’s constitutional rights is OK as long as it’s good for you. Good to know.

  7. Rich K on 22/22/13 at 1:17 pm

    Gee, you mean all those well meaning White People don’t like brown people to be safe? I’m Stunned I tell ya’s ,Stunned.

  8. egd on 22/22/13 at 1:26 pm

    Pretty much what everyone else has said. The stop and frisk policy is a problem because it violates a core Constitutional right – the right not to be searched without cause.

    It doesn’t matter if the policy protects lives, it’s an unconstitutional intrusion.

    We, as conservatives, should NOT tolerate unconstitutional actions by the government just because they save lives. That is the argument that progressives use to violate rights, and we must distance ourselves from them.

    The stop & frisk policy isn’t wrong because it’s “racist” (as the Progs cry). It is wrong because it’s unconstitutional.

  9. Guido was framed on 22/22/13 at 2:08 pm

    It is quite constitutional. If not then why has it not been challenged in court? Oh wait, it was in 1968 and found to be so. Facts!

    Don’t want it to be?
    Get a law degree and challenge it.
    Otherwise quit blabbering

  10. Ghost on 22/22/13 at 2:53 pm

    If we execute every third adult in the country, chances are, we’ll have executed some bad people. Chances are, we’ll have executed even more good people.

    Don’t be like the left. Either big government is good, or it’s evil. You can’t have it both ways.

  11. Chris Morton on 22/22/13 at 3:40 pm

    And if we adopted the Soviet system of internal passports and tying people’s residences to their places of employment, it would be virtually impossible for serial killers to operate.

    Anyone who opposes such a system is clearly supportive of serial killers like Ottis Toole and Ted Bundy…