Phillip Atiba Goff in The New York Times – Last year, New York City’s 290 homicides were a record low. That’s good news for the city, the Police Department — and police reformers. That’s because the reforms leading the department to cut back on stop-and-frisks are accompanied by such low numbers on violent crime.
Police reformers have long argued that ending stop-and-frisk would help communities, not harm them. But in objecting to the policy, we did not point to the negative long-term psychological or social effects this practice had on a generation of young black and Latino men — because we don’t really know what they are. It is urgent that social scientists, police departments and advocates measure the social costs, because burdensome and disparate policing happens all around the country.