I wrote a recent blog last month which detailed the stop & frisk policy in New York City which has come under heavy criticism. Critics of the policy allege that it disproportionately targets minorities through the use of a quota system. Supporters point to the reduced crime rate as evidence of its success. The New York City Council has heard the voice of the critics dissent and has proposed legislation to address the practice.
The first bill proposed by City Council would give citizens the right to sue the Police Department for relief. If a judge found the conduct to be illegal, the Police Department would then be required to resolve the issue. The second bill would appoint an inspector general who would provide oversight to law enforcement. Both bills make a great deal of sense and would help to cure the controversial issue and put the debate to rest at last.