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Too many people being illegally stopped, searched and beaten in New York City, federal regulator says

new york – New York City’s reliance on a tactic known as “stop and frisk” as part of its renewed effort to combat gun violence hurts communities of color and violates the law. court-appointed federal observers reported Monday.

Observer Mylan Dennerstein said the New York Police Department’s Neighborhood Safety Team, a task force sent in the past 14 months to seize guns in high-crime areas, stopped too many people for no good reason. He said that he was conducting a “crackdown on constitutional violations” by rejecting and rejecting.

At one police station, only 41% of stops, 32% of frisks and 26% of searches were legal, Dennerstein said.

The Neighborhood Safety Team, which replaces the NYPD’s disbanded security unit in 2021, operates in 34 neighborhoods, primarily communities of color, that account for 80% of the city’s violent crimes. Dennerstein said 97% of the people the team stopped were black or Hispanic.

A spokeswoman for Mayor Eric Adams said city officials were “deeply concerned” about Dennerstein’s methods and said she only learned of her research after news outlets reported it.

Spokesman Fabian Levy said shootings have declined since the Neighborhood Safety Team was created.

Officers in each unit “are undergoing increased training and oversight not only to ensure the safety of New Yorkers, but also to ensure civil liberties,” Levy said. Suspension is unacceptable and we will strive to do better.” For every New Yorker. “

Dennerstein said the review began after Adams announced in March 2022 that the New York Police Department was deploying neighborhood safety teams in some precincts to combat gun violence. Team members wear modified uniforms, drive unmarked vehicles, and stop, disrespect, and search their assigned areas.

“Unfortunately, the results are disappointing,” Dennerstein wrote.

Despite their training and experience, officers assigned to the Neighborhood Safety Team “generally did not exhibit a satisfactory level of compliance, and were often seen stopping, mobbing, and searching individuals. Too many people are being stopped, threatened and illegally searched.”

In 2013, a federal judge ruled black and Hispanic New Yorkers’ civil rights under Stop and Frisk, part of the New York Police Department’s effort to keep guns and drugs off the streets by frequently stopping and searching people on the streets. convicted of infringement.

U.S. District Judge Sheila Shindlin ruled that the suspension was a form of indirect racial profiling. Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who once championed the tactic, has since apologized for its use.

Since the ruling, the ministry has claimed that the number of stops has fallen sharply, reporting an annual average of about 11,730 from 2016 to 2022, compared to a peak of about 686,000 in 2011. .

Black and Hispanic people continue to be the target of the majority of stops, accounting for 89% of all stops in 2022, according to NYPD data compiled by the New York Civil Liberties Union.

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