It is said that numbers do not lie, but statistics can be utilized to do just that. In a poll done by AM New York last week, it revealed that 77 percent of New Yorkers wish to maintain Stop and Frisk. The controversial police tactic that was ruled unconstitutional in federal court apparently has wide spread support by crime conscious city residents. However, it is a fair question to ask which New Yorkers were polled on this matter.
From the piece in AMNY, there was talk of a “silent majority” that would be sacrificed should stop and frisk not be preserved. With this kind of coded language, and the practice being very much under scrutiny, it is important to broaden the discussion. Considering that stop and frisk is such a big issue in this year’s mayoral election, it would not be surprising that this poll come under the microscope.
To New Yorkers reading this, were your thoughts represented in this poll?