After a discussion with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in June, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee was considering bringing a New York style stop-and-frisk policy to his city. New York City broke records in 2011 as police stopped 685,724 people – 84 percent of those stopped were Black and Latino.
But last week Lee decided against the stop-and-frisk plan and will instead go with other policing strategies. Today, the NAACP reacted to San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee’s decision to drop plans to embrace a plan resembling New York City’s invasive stop-and-frisk policing.
“We are pleased Mayor Lee has backed away from this dubious stop-and-frisk policy,” said NAACP President Ben Jealous.
“This move is a victory for everyone who supports a criminal justice system that does not deem people suspicious based on the color of their skin. Stop-and-frisk policing, as practiced in New York City and as envisioned in San Francisco, is nothing but an officially sanctioned form of racial profiling. Stop-and-frisk has no place in San Francisco or any city that respects its citizens,” Jealous added.
“We are vehemently and adamantly opposed to any practice of stop-and frisk in San Francisco and nationwide,” said San Francisco NAACP President Rev. Amos Brown, adding, “It is our unwavering position that stop-and-frisk is a violation of civil rights and creates the atmosphere for mistrust and suspicion of law enforcement officers and is the breeding ground for police misconduct, racial profiling and divisiveness to an already challenged and marginalize communities.”
Brown also called for a cooperative approach to violence prevention saying, “It is time that community stakeholders build on their strengths, coalesce, recognize that the problem and cycle of senseless pandemic violence is happening primarily in the African American community. This must be reversed, resolved and remedied through holistic comprehensive policy and programming, evidence-based community policing strategies, and the provision of adequate resources, execution, implementation and oversight led by culturally competent and sensitive leadership.”