Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled on August 12 policy must be reformed
Shootings now up nearly 13 per cent compared to same period last year
The number of gunshot victims is now up 9 per cent, NYPD figures show
Statistics revealed days after Judge Scheindlin refused to delay decision
The recent ruling to reform the New York Police Department’s controversial ‘stop-and-frisk’ tactic has already led to a sharp rise in shootings, new figures reveal.
In the month after the policy was ruled unconstitutional shootings spiked nearly 13 per cent while gun seizures fell almost a fifth, the figures show.
In the 28 days up to September 8 there were 140 shootings across the city, compared with 124 over the same period last year, according to NYPD statistics.
The shocking rise in gun crime has emerged days after the federal judge who ordered an overhaul of the stop-and-frisk strategy refused to delay it pending an appeal by the city.
U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin said such a delay would send ‘precisely the wrong signal.’
She had ordered changes in August after finding the program discriminates against minorities. Police have stopped, questioned and sometimes patted down about 5million people over a decade.
Dismissing the suggestion that reforms of the ‘stop-and-frisk’ strategy be delayed, Judge Scheindlin wrote: ‘Ordering a stay now would send precisely the wrong signal.
‘It would essentially confirm that the past practices, resulting in hundreds of thousands of stops – overwhelmingly of minorities – that resulted in little or no enforcement action or seizure of contraband were justified and based on constitutional police practices.
‘It would also send the message that reducing the number of stops is somehow dangerous to the residents of this city.’
But with figures showing the number of gunshot victims up 9 per cent over the same period last year following the ruling on August 12, that’s the message implicit in the latest statistics on gun crime on NYC.
Seizures of firearms are also down, with 239 taken by police between August 10 and September 8, compared with 289 over the same period last year, according to the statistics seen by the New York Post.
And gun charges have fallen by more than 15 per cent from 492 last year to 417 this year. Sources blamed Scheindlin’s ruling for the disturbing trends.
A police department source told the Post that police are reluctant to stop and search because ‘they’re scared of being sued.’
‘They feel as if the city is not going to indemnify them in lawsuits,’ the source said.
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