In other words, some are perfectly willing to have innocent citizens harassed and treated like criminals if they believe that their own safety might be ensured. But even this selfish interpretation of the stop and frisk policy is unjustified. Less than 0.2 percent of searches result in the discovery of a gun (and of this 0.2 percent, we don’t know how many gun owners would have actually committed a crime), and there is no correlation between the decline of crime rates and the use of stop and frisk tactics.
Perhaps impossible to measure is the distrust and resentment the policy breeds within its victims. How many people have failed to report a crime or refused to participate in an investigation because they believe, based on personal experience, that they can’t trust the police? Indeed, anyone who would tolerate such harassment simply because of how they “look” would degrade their own value as a human being and give up their right to go about their crime-free lives without being abused by the authorities.
It’s time to end stop and frisk, respect the rights of all citizens, and implement a new policy that actually results in the reduction of crime.