Richard Buery's Daily News Op-Ed on Mayor Bloomberg's Speech on "Stop & Frisk"
The following is an excerpt from Why stop-and-frisk should be ended, not mended, an Op-Ed piece by Richard Buery, President and CEO of The Children's Aid Society, published on the Daily News website.
"Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s speech at a Brownsville church on Sunday was a much-needed demonstration of leadership as community concern about his stop-and-frisk policy grows. We should all applaud the mayor’s desire to reduce violent crime, which disproportionately impacts communities of color, especially the young black and Latino men who are overwhelmingly its victims.
The mayor insists stop-and-frisk is responsible for New York City’s successful reduction in violent crime, including murder, and in reducing the number of guns on the street. His critics point out that there is no causal evidence that this is true. This speech was the mayor’s first attempt to address the true impact of stop-and-frisk. It was sorely welcome, and overdue.
The policy takes a toll well beyond inconvenience, anger and hurt feelings. It goes to the very nature of citizenship — the right to walk freely in your neighborhood and not be treated as a criminal, day after day, week after week, and year after year. It is a flawed — if well-intentioned — approach to addressing public safety."