OK, even if that explanation sounds rational, when I examine the sheer numbers of these encounters in New York City, I have to ask are there really that many police officers in such constant fear for their safety or is something else entirely going on?
In 2012, New Yorkers were stopped by the police 532,911 times
473,644 were totally innocent (89 percent).
284,229 were black (55 percent).
165,140 were Latino (32 percent).
50,366 were white (10 percent).
If there are eight-million people living in New York City, that's approximately one-sixteenth of the population stopped just last year. These numbers are staggering.
In addition to common characteristics of race, the majority of people stopped during "stop and frisk" are either unemployed or underemployed and they fall outside the clear boundaries of what is acceptable in the city. I find it strange that race is all we seem inclined to focus on. Specifically, in the case of "stop and frisk." Americans really need to get past this because it keeps them in a 1960s mindset and takes attention away from the real issues at hand. Perhaps the powers that be love this distraction--after all, why not keep whites and blacks fighting? Then they won't look at what's really going down.
Interestingly, there are eerie similarities between "stop and frisk" and Florida's now infamous "stand your ground" law as brought to national attention from the George Zimmerman trial:
"A person is presumed to have held a reasonable fear of imminent peril of death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another when using defensive force that is intended or likely to cause death or great bodily harm to another if:
Regarding Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin's tragic meeting, Zimmerman, an American of South American (called Hispanic) and African descent (yes, African descent!) was branded "white" and "racist" for his shooting of Martin. In fact, Zimmerman was investigated by the FBI and the justice department, and they found no evidence of any racial bias in his past history, yet that case was hyped as a racially-motivated murder.
If this was a murder, it may not have been racially motivated at all, but more about the forces of "security" versus the forces of "disorder."
Trayvon, a black teenager wearing a hoodie sweatshirt represented a threat to the order of that gated community (even though Trayvon lived there!) because he looked the part, and I don't mean just his skin-color.
Why would someone be walking around in a gated community anyway? At night? In a hoodie that partially concealed his face? What right did Trayvon have to do that? (Every right according to the United States Constitution.)
But in Zimmerman's mind, Martin must have been connected somehow to the criminals who had been committing burglaries in that community which had a lot of vacant properties simply because he seemed to be wandering about aimlessly, like a lot of people who are stopped in New York City I imagine. A few horrible decisions later on both Zimmerman's and Martin's part and we have a tragic, senseless death and a court trail that captivated the attention of the nation.
And just to be clear, I'm not discounting all the good fostered throughout the country's long struggle for civil rights by people who's main focus was precisely to point out the racism inherent in American society at the time and, just as importantly, the necessary remedies, but I really think "stop and frisk" is not merely about race. It is so much larger than that, and I simply have no reason to believe this policy won't keep expanding to include anyone (of any race) who doesn't fit the safe profile. It already does. Think of TSA Airport security. Why are you presumed to be a terrorist before being presumed innocent?
The politicians we keep electing, especially those basing their careers and public persona's on being tough on crime/terrorism/insert "evil of choice" here will stand for nothing less than a state of complete control and lock down security.
Well, this is a sad state of affairs, but one the middle class is not challenging, partly because their power has been usurped in recent years with the flight of good jobs and the destruction of labor unions, and partly because so many are living in a stupefied state, hypnotized by psychiatric drugs, violent entertainment, and unhealthy food. I recently heard the newest version of the violent video war game "Call of Duty" is the most successful piece of entertainment ever sold. Source
Remember how the people of Boston actually cheered for the cops as they were leaving their city which had been put on lock down during the hunt for the suspects of the Boston Marathon bombing? Their freedom to move about and live their everyday lives taken away and they cheered!
These trends are deeply disturbing, but let's not get distracted by race. "Stop and Frisk" isn't about skin color, only the color of money.
Ray Kelly, NYC Police Commissioner, recently went on the NBC Sunday morning news show Meet The Press in which he defended "stop and frisk." Trayvon Martin's mother also spoke out; Ms. Fulton comes a lot closer to the real issues at hand.