Stop and Frisk? Get Your Receipt…

New York lost a legal class action case regarding the over-half-a-million stop and frisk events (last years total) and are implementing new procedure to limit and keep accountable officers in an attempt to minimize illegal, abusive stop and frisks.

I do note the use of the word ‘receipt’….sounds a lot like a commercial transaction took place…hmmmmm.

I also note these changes are probably due ONLY to the fact that in New York and Toronto they got sued and lost.

“Based on the recommendations of the federal judge and court-appointed monitor, a new patrol guide procedure governing stop and frisk provides a new explanatory receipt to persons stopped but not arrested, baring exigent circumstances,” the NYPD said in a statement provided to VICE News.

But Councilman Ritchie Torres of the Bronx, a champion of the “Right To Know Act,” was also troubled by how the new reforms came about.

It seems to me that only the threat of judicial intervention can force reform. Everything else to me seems inadequate,” he told Capital New York.

Toronto has been in hot water also for the same issue called “carding”

Toronto police officers can no longer accost you for no reason

At a special meeting on Thursday, the Toronto Police Services Board approved a long-awaited new policy that forbids police officers from questioning civilians for no clear reason—which, yes, is something police officers were able to do. If you didn’t know that already, you’re statistically very likely to be a white person. That was the problem.

The practice, known as “carding,” allowed police officers to collect information from people who weren’t suspected of any specific involvement in crime. Toronto Police Service brass have defended carding as a vital part of community policing, but a 2012 Toronto Star investigation made it clear that people with dark skin were disproportionately likely to be stopped. Thursday’s police-board vote was the culmination of months of soul-searching and lawsuits at police headquarters. [ed. mostly the lawsuits probably]

Under the new rules, according to the Star, police won’t be able to card people unless investigating a specific occurrence. Police also have to give out “receipts” that explain the reasons for a stop. The board plans to review the changes in October, at which point the rules could be revised again.