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August 17, 2013

Stop and Frisk oversight long overdue

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Bloomberg, who says he will appeal Scheindlin’s ruling, concedes the judge’s point that people should have the right to walk down a street without worrying about being frisked, but his priority is safety.

“But people also have a right to walk down the street without being killed or mugged,” Bloomberg said. “And for those rights to be protected we have to give members of our police department the tools they need to do their jobs without being micro-managed and second-guessed every day by a judge or a monitor.”

While we understand Bloomberg’s concerns, perceived security doesn’t trump our country’s Constitution. New York City will have to find another, better way to ensure the safety of its citizens.

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