New York City mayoral hopeful Bill Thompson is calling for police who perform stop-and-frisk operations to issue a report to people they question.
Thompson, a Democrat, wants police to write why the person was stopped. This could include having a gun-like bulge in a pocket or leaving a known crime location.
He believes this will make police “more accountable.” He also suggests this will help police track why people are being stopped.
Thompson is unveiling his plan a week after a judge ordered a federal monitor to oversee stop-and-frisk. Critics believe the practice unfairly targets minorities.
Defenders of the Police Department’s stop-and-frisk policy believe it helps lower crime rates. The practice has become a flashpoint in the mayor’s race.