A recent New York Times poll finds most New Yorkers say NYPD officers favor whites over blacks and Latinos, with 80 percent of blacks and 48 percent of whites holding that view. This is a throwback to 2001 during “America’s Mayor” Rudy Giuliani’s administration.
New York Times: The poll found that a majority of black New Yorkers said the stop-and-frisk tactic had led to the harassment of innocent people, while most white city residents viewed the practice as an acceptable way to improve urban safety.
Among all New Yorkers, 48 percent said stop-and-frisk was “acceptable to make New York City safer,” while almost as many — 45 percent — deemed the tactic “excessive.” Most of those surveyed rejected Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s chief rationale for the practice, saying they did not think that stopping and frisking suspicious people had lowered the crime rate or reduced the use of illegal guns.
“Stop-and-frisk would be a good idea if they did it right,” Jose Aponte, 64, a retired doorman who lives in the Bronx, said in a follow-up interview after the poll. “But it’s not decreasing crime or guns. There are more shootings every day.”