New York's stop and frisk policies are not new and have been proven effective in combating crime, highly decorated former NYPD detective Bo Dietl says.
"Stop and frisk just didn't start. It's not a new thing. We were doing it back in the 70s," he pointed out.
The murder and crime rate have dramatically decreased in New York City since stop and frisk policies were implemented
Last week, Federal Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled the police tactic unconstitutional
, calling it a policy that leads to "indirect racial profiling." The ruling came in response to lawsuits claiming the policy was biased against African-Americans and Hispanics.
But Dietl, who now heads a private security and investigative company, pointed to when he served as a detective in the 70s and 80s, a period when he said there were 2,300 murders and hundreds of robberies. He indicated that if the policy changes, crime would rise.
"I guarantee you, crime will raise so high, because people are going to be packing guns and telling the cops, 'If you frisk somebody, you're going to be personally liable for a lawsuit.'"
Dietl pointed to the safety to children afforded by the policies, saying, "We want one thing. We want our children, all our children, minority children, everybody, to be safe. And in order for them to be safe, they have to be able to get these guns off the street."
"The high crime areas are the minority areas. When you go into those areas, which would you rather, as the parent of a minority have your son frisked or your son killed by an illegal gun on the streets?"
Dietl, a former co-chair of the National Crime Commission, whose autobiography was the basis of the movie "One Tough Cop," indicated that the majority of the guns involved in crime are illegal, not registered, weapons.
"These are not NRA guns that are killing people. These are illegal handguns."
"It worked and it still does work."
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