There are eight million stories in the city of New York, and just when you thought that you have heard all of them. You get told the one about having to stop wherever you may have been venturing to and be searched by one of New York`s finest. On the surface the law screams of racial profiling and to a certain degree covert racism. But at the very least, according judge Shira Scheindlin the stop and frisk law is unconstitutional and should be looked into further by the federal government. Judge Scheindlin`s decision prompted a very swift and somewhat personal response from New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg saying that, " the dealing of potential dangerous crimes should not be left in the hands of some woman who has no idea of how to police a city." Pretty strong words indeed.
But whether you agree or disagree with the tactics deployed by the NYC authorities, it is very difficult to argue with the results. Crime in the city has been on the decline consistently since the law has been in effect. Although the law seems to target young African and Hispanic males, which again does seem outwardly racist. The hard truth is that the crimes that these particular groups of young men commit against each other has declined, and that is significant. A law that is pretty blatant in targeting you that is actually helping to possibly save your life. This matter is far from over and will definitely have some political impact in the NYC mayoral election that is upcoming. For their part these young men could do something that would go a long way in preventing future encounters like these with the police...pull up your pants.