As a member of the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus, Assemblywoman Rhoda Jacobs (D-Flatbush) this morning expressed her strong support for members of the Caucus who will join with members of the New York City Council Black Latino and Asian Caucus, the New York Civil Liberties Union and others in an unprecedented trip to Washington, D.C. to advocate against the controversial “Stop & Frisk” policy with members of the Congressional Black Caucus, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus.
The event, called “Stop & Frisk Advocacy Day,” is a collaborative effort focused on the need for the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the NYPD’s abuse of stop-and-frisk as a civil rights violation. In a letter to the Attorney General Eric Holder, the Delegation writes: “Last year alone, New York City Officers stopped 684,330 people under the stop-and-frisk policy. This amounted to a 14 percent jump from the previous year. Even more shocking is the 600 percent increase in stops made since the data collection began in 2002. Most of those who are stopped are not arrested or even issued a summons; further igniting concern that the policy amounts to nothing more than racial profiling and harassment.”
“New Yorkers have had enough of this discriminatory practice that targets communities of color,” said Assemblywoman Jacobs. “It is not a crime to walk down the street, and yet every day minority communities are targeted for doing just that,” she said. “This discriminatory practice must end now.”
Stop and Frisk Advocacy Day will be an in-depth conversation with policy makers between City, State and Federal elected officials and advocates with an interest in seeing the practice reformed.