'Stop and Frisk' Suggestion for SFPD Slammed

Mayor Ed Lee's "stop and frisk" idea gets little love.

By Chris Roberts
|  Wednesday, Jul 11, 2012  |  Updated 3:51 PM PDT
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'Stop and Frisk' Suggestion for SFPD Slammed

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It was merely an idea from the mind of the mayor. But Mayor Ed Lee's suggestion that San Francisco police adopt a "stop and frisk" policy -- like those seen in other cities -- has city supervisors stomping mad.

Lee last month suggested that police could use "stop and frisk" tactics to combat gun violence, according to reports. Stop and frisk entails police halting anyone they deem suspicious and searching them for guns, drugs, or other contraband without a warrant.
 
New York City police have been criticized for stopping mostly youth and minorities: over half of people stopped under their policy were black, and another 34 percent were Latino, according to the San Francisco Examiner.
 
On Tuesday, the city's Board of Supervisors passed a resolution opposing the mayor's policy. Supervisor Malia Cohen, the lone black supervisor, authored a resolution calling on Lee to drop any idea involving stop and frisk.
 
The mayor's spokeswoman said that Lee is "willing to try something different" and "bringing up the subject to spur conversation."
 

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