Time to Stop Stop-and-Frisk?

“Those in favor of the practice at City Hall and One Police Plaza say the Stop and Frisk policy is especially effective at getting guns off the streets,” foxnews.com reports. Well, they would say that wouldn’t they? And while the debate over the S&F policy has often centered on racial bias—young black and Latino men account for over 80 percent of the searches—the larger question is this: is it worth it? Probable cause has more than probably damaged the relationship ‘twixt citizen and cop. “Statistics do show a steady decline in gun violence stretching back several years, an updated version of the primer expected to be released in the coming months shows that in 2011 only 0.4 percent of all arrests [stemming from 685,724 Stop and Frisk searches] were for gun possession.” I make that a definitive “no.”