Guns

NYPD Seizes Fewer Guns Since Controversial Stop-And-Frisk Ruling

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

The number of guns seized in New York City is down since federal Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled that the New York Police Department’s stop-and-frisk policy unfairly targeted minorities, the New York Post reported.

Scheindlin’s ruling was blocked by an appeals court and she was removed from the case on Oct. 31. The policy is still in force.

From Aug. 19, a week after the ruling, to Nov. 3, gun seizures were down 12 percent. NYPD took 634 firearms off the street compared to 723 during the same period last year.

City attorney Daniel Connolly told appeals judges that officers were still “passive and scared” to enforce stop-and-frisk because they were afraid they were violating the constitution.

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The number of stops from July to September was 50 percent less than in 2012, and the number of guns and knives recovered during stops was also cut in half.

The number of shooting crimes has slightly increased, to 312 compared to 305 in the same period in 2012.

“Of course, [Scheindlin’s] ruling is responsible for this,’’ a police source told the Post. “There’s a definite cause and effect here.”

The police source said the ruling has made officers fearful of prosecution.

“Her ruling has made a lot of officers gun-shy about getting guns off the street,” he added. “They don’t want to get sued.”

“They’re under so much scrutiny now since the ruling,” a source said. “And there are cameras everywhere videotaping them and what they say. It’s a nightmare. Then there’s all the paperwork for [stop-and-frisks], which is now getting scrutinized to the max by the bosses.”

“We get calls for shots fired or someone with a gun, and we go out looking for the person with the gun,” another source told the Post. “We’re not going to stop people as much in areas where we’re not getting those calls.”

Despite fewer gun seizures, stop-and-frisk appears to work only as well as other police tactics.

A recent report from report by New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office found that only 51 percent of stop-and-frisk arrests led to a conviction or guilty plea.

Sources: New York Post, Huffington Post