January 14, 2018
When New York City ended its infamous “stop-and-frisk” policy, conservatives howled that crime would skyrocket.
They were wrong,
How do we know? They admit it.
In this wonderfully candid piece in the National Review, conservative columnist Kyle Smith concedes, “We were wrong.”
Over the past four years of Mayor Bill De Blasio’s administration, crime has continued a “breathtaking decline.” In 2017, the total number of major crimes fell another 6 percent off the previous year’s record low, and homicides in the city of more than 8.5 million residents fell 12.5 percent, to 290 deaths — the lowest homicide rate of any U.S. city. Indeed, New York City’s homicide rate per 100,000 residents is one-eighth that of Chicago.
And these figures come amid a 98 percent decline in police stop-and-frisk encounters with citizens, which peaked in 2011 at 686,000 under previous Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
The New York City Police Department admitted that 80 percent of those stopped were “completely innocent” of any offense. Police today attribute the decline in crime to a policy of targeting repeat offenders and to a “community policing” program designed to build trust and two-way communication with the public.
On stop-and-frisk, writes Smith, liberals are “entitled to an I-told-you-so moment.”