Even as violent crime rates in New York have dropped dramatically in the past 15 years, this controversial police procedure continues to divide law enforcement and community groups. Is "stop-and-frisk" an effective preemptive strategy for crime prevention or a case of racial profiling? The Greene Space partnered with The New Press to present panelists on multiple sides of the issue in a candid conversation about how "stop-and-frisk" affects New Yorkers in their everyday lives.
- David Kennedy - director of the Center for Crime Prevention and Control at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City.
- Paul Butler – former public prosecutor and Professor of Law at George Washington University. 12 Angry Men contributor. Professor Butler is one of the nation’s most frequently consulted scholars on issues of race and criminal justice.
- Robin Steinberg - Founder and Executive Director of the Bronx Defenders
- Peter Gleason – lifelong New Yorker, progressive activist, lawyer, retired FDNY firefighter, former NYPD Police Officer
- Heather Mac Donald – Manhattan Institute. Mac Donald's work at City Journal has canvassed a range of topics including homeland security, immigration, policing and "racial" profiling, homelessness and homeless advocacy, educational policy, the New York courts, and business improvement districts.
- Bob Hennelly – WNYC Newsroom
Host, Jami Floyd, addresses the issues by referencing a quote from the book 12 Angry Men (The New Press, 2010), and Paul Butler discusses the distinction between stop and frisk and racial profiling:
Heather Mac Donald explains why she believes stop and frisk tactics are crucial to effective policing:
Robin Steinberg shares the perspective of the many community members her office sees:
An audience member shares his personal feelings on Stop and Frisk policy:
For more discussion on Stop and Frisk please check out past WNYC coverage:
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