Up Close: Stop and Frisk

September 1, 2013 11:53:04 AM PDT
This week, we're taking a look at changes coming to the NYPD after the city council overrode the mayor's vetoes on two bills dealing with stop and frisk.

One will create an inspector general to oversee police practices and policies. The other will make it easier for New Yorkers to sue the police if they think they've been racially profiled, but not for monetary damages.

Also, a federal judge ruled stop and frisk is unconstitutional.

But the Bloomberg Administration says the police department is already making changes.

This past week, the city revealed police are making fewer stops, a little over 58,000 from April through June of this year, compared to nearly 134,000 during the same time last year.

City lawyers cited the numbers in asking the judge to postpone reforms, protesting changes like putting body cameras on cops.

If New York uses the cameras, it will be a pilot program in five precincts, one in each borough.

Joining us to talk about the entire stop and frisk issue is Mike Palladino, long-time head of the police detectives union, and two community activists who took on the police and mayor to bring about the new laws: Djibril Toure, a member of Communities United for Police Reform, and Andrea Ritchie, an attorney and co-director of Streetwise and Safe.

Also this week, after nearly 24 years in office, Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes may be in the toughest fight of his political career.

He's facing a primary challenge from former federal prosecutor and civil rights attorney Ken Thompson.

Thompson joins us to discuss the campaign.

Watch Up Close with Diana Williams every Sunday morning at 11:00 on Channel 7.