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Mayor de Blasio Takes First Step in Reforming Stop-and-Frisk Program

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio took steps today to reform the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk program, a move some hope will lead to an end to the department’s controversial Muslim surveillance program.

January 30, 2014

Today, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio announced plans to with­drawn the city’s appeal of a judge’s decision order­ing reforms to the New York Police Depart­ment’s (NYPD) stop-and-frisk prac­tices. Faiza Patel, co-director of the Bren­nan Center for Justice’s Liberty and National Secur­ity program and lead author of A Proposal for an NYPD Inspector Generalissued the follow­ing state­ment.

“We are pleased to see Mayor de Blasio keep his prom­ise to reform the city’s stop-and-frisk program,” Patel said. “The NYPD’s stop-and-frisk program has unfairly targeted communit­ies of color for too long. We hope that the Mayor’s first step against discrim­in­at­ory poli­cing extends to all New York­ers and that he will soon take steps to end the NYPD’s Muslim surveil­lance program.”

The Bren­nan Center advoc­ated for an inde­pend­ent inspector general for the NYPD in a 2012 report, A Proposal for an NYPD Inspector General. In 2013, the City Coun­cil passed legis­la­tion estab­lish­ing an inspector general for the NYPD, to be part of the Depart­ment of Invest­ig­a­tion. At a hear­ing before the City Coun­cil today, the Mayor’s nominee for the Commis­sioner of the Depart­ment of Invest­ig­a­tion, Mark Peters, strongly suppor­ted this initi­at­ive and prom­ised that the office would be fully resourced and inde­pend­ent.

For more inform­a­tion or to set up an inter­view with Faiza Patel, contact Seth Hoy at seth.hoy@nyu.edu or (646) 292–8369.