New Yorkers’ Life Expectancy Up Because of Stop-and-Frisk?

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht
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The NYPD says stop-and-frisk procedures not only led to a decline in the murder rate, they also increased the average New Yorker’s life expectancy.

Homicide in New York City dropped from 673 in 2000 to 419 in 2012. The city’s overall death rate dropped to 6.4 percent in 2010, compared to 7.4 percent in 2002.

A report from the Health Department analyzed all the factors that played a part in increasing the life span of a New Yorker from 78 years in 2000 to 81 in 2010.

Researchers found reductions in the rates of cancer and heart disease to be two-thirds responsible for the increase in longevity. Eleven percent was attributed to better treatment and medication for AIDS/HIV positive residents.

Two percent of the increase in life expectancy was attributed to the decrease in the city’s murder rate. Three percent for men, and 1.2 for women.

Life expectancy is up across all ethnic groups, but particularly greater among blacks. From 2001 to 2010 life expectancy is up 3.8 years for blacks, 3.2 years for whites, and 2.2 year for Hispanics.

Even law enforcement advocates like City Council Public Safety Committee Chairman Peter Vallone Jr., D-Queens, were shocked by the numbers. “Wow. That’s amazing. Normally life-span increases are due to medical advances — not law-enforcement advances,” Vallone said.

“This is a salient reminder of why we make the tough law-enforcement decisions. It’s actually increasing the life span of people of New York City.”

Democractic candidates running for mayor have been talking about reducing the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk procedures and other aggressive tactics used by police.

A class action lawsuit, Floyd v. the City of New York, claims the NYPD targets black and Latino New Yorkers, routinely violating their Constitutional rights. The ongoing trial has shed light on some shocking aspects of the procedure, according to the The Daily Chronicle. Testimony from two officers claimed the department has quotas for stop-and-frisk and often made bogus stops to fill them.

Sources: NY Post, Daily Chronicle