Robin Evans, 56, security officer, Brooklyn.
It’s just not necessary all the time. But sometimes our children put themselves into that position. I try to explain to them, if a bunch of you guys are standing here and someone is playing with a baseball bat, and someone did something with a baseball bat, when the police drive by and they see you, what are they going to do? They will stop and assume that you did it. So for them to have to stop and frisk, I’m for it and against it. I’m for it because our children can bring it on themselves. But I’m against it because sometimes it is not necessary.
Kayvone Brown, 16, student, Brooklyn
I’ve been stopped a lot. I got stopped going to school earlier—for no reason. I was going to the train station. They ask me where the gun is at. That’s what they always ask. I guess they think everyone has a gun. But I don’t have a gun. They always go into my pockets. I’ll just be walking down the block and I’ll get stopped. I don’t pay them no mind because I have nothing on me.
William Freeman, 51, private sanitation, Brooklyn
It ain’t no good, I know that. I could walk into my sister’s building, knock on her door, and if she ain’t home, when I come out the building they going to lock me up for loitering. That’s how it is over here. In my opinion, they only do it in the ghetto. I work at Midtown Manhattan. You don’t see no stop and frisk with Caucasians. A better way to lower crime would be jobs. If a person commits a crime, even if a person didn’t commit a crime, if you came from a neighborhood like this, you’re guilty. When you come out of jail that’s on your record and no one wants to hire you. The system is a revolving door.
Clarence Book, 36, salesperson, Brooklyn
I think it’s fine, but it’s not efficient. I don’t really know much … but I read that 90 percent of the stops turn into nothing. So I don’t think it’s worth it. It causes people to look at the police the wrong way. You stop someone for just coming out of a building. Can you imagine, coming out of your house, and just get stopped? It’s traumatizing. They’re only doing it in the poor neighborhoods, which I understand because crime is higher. But you don’t have to just stop people. Communication is key. You should sit down and talk to the people instead of just locking them down all the time.
Tyquain Frazier, 18, student, Brooklyn
I hate stop and frisk. I got stopped today. I can understand if you look like you’re about to do something, but I get stopped just because I’m a black male. I get stopped once every week.
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