Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Linger and finger

After O'Malley dropped by the CJCC to throw shade* on the city's current crime fighting strategies, Deputy Commissioner Jerry Rodridguez made the rather extraordinary choice to tell Justin Fenton that the BPD is still stopping and frisking but just not calling it that* (the new term is "investigative stop"). A stop-and-frisk (aka the "Terry stop") is constitutional if the police have reason to believe they are dealing with someone has been engaged in criminal activity or criminal activity is afoot; if the stop is based on racial profiling, "furtive movements" or bulges, not so much. So is Rodriguez trying to get the department sued, New York City style?


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