It looks like San Francisco may follow the lead of New York City and implement a stop and frisk policy. And they’re justifying it the same way, as a necessary means of getting guns off the streets.
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said he is considering implementing the controversial stop-and-frisk policy used in other major cities including New York and Philadelphia to reduce violent crime.
Lee told the San Francisco Chronicle’s editorial board Wednesday that police officers need stop-and-frisk to get guns off the streets.
“This is under consideration as a way to make sure that we keep homicides and some of these other violent crime(s) down,” Lee said. “I think we have to get to the guns. I know we have to find a different way to get to these weapons, and I’m very willing to consider what other cities are doing.”
But in NYC, only a tiny percentage of stop and frisks have found guns. And it’s becoming more and more clear that the vaunted decrease in serious crimes in NYC are at least partly the result of manipulating the data, telling officers to downgrade serious crimes to lesser ones and to not take reports from many victims while focusing on misdemeanor arrests. Bad idea all the way around.