Both serious crime and the stop-and-frisks practice are on the decline in New York City. Some former police officials hailed the practice as necessary to maintain order in the city, but new information shows the opposite.
Sources said that the number of stop-and-frisks has continued to decline in 2014 after seeing record numbers during the Bloomberg administration years. Exact numbers for this year were not immediately available, but the rate was on track to be lower than the 12,495 stops in the last quarter of 2013.
That’s a staggering 86-percent drop from the 89,620 stops during the last quarter of 2012 and the record 686,000 stops in 2011.
The number of murders in the city has fallen by 18.5 percent so far this year through March 2, with 44 killings compared to 54 during the same period last year.
Shootings in the city were also down by 13.5 percent compared to the same time last year. The number of rapes and robberies in the city saw a 7 percent decline while burglary and grand larceny is down by 4.4 percent each.
Two of the seven major crime categories saw increases. Assault saw a 6.3 percent spike and car thefts are up 11.3 percent. The stop-and-frisks practice has been largely charged with leading to racial profiling of minorities and unnecessary arrests.
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