Fox Host Complains That NYPD Officers Have To Justify Their Stop-And-Frisks

Stop and Frisk

Fox's Tucker Carlson declared that a new mandate requiring New York City police officers to provide written justification for stop-and-frisk encounters is “an attack on police practices that have worked.” 

NYPD officers will soon be “required to inform some suspects why they're being stopped and frisked” after a federal judge approved a mandate proposed by the federal monitor tasked with addressing the department's stop-and-frisk tactics. “The form would explain that officers are authorized to make stops in some circumstances and spell out what might have prompted the stop, including suspicion of concealing or possessing a weapon, engaging in a drug transaction or acting as a lookout,”The Wall Street Journal explained, noting how the move comes after a federal judge found “the NYPD's use of stop-and-frisk unconstitutional and ordered an overhaul of the department's procedures.”

Although conservative media have consistently claimed that stop-and-frisk reduces crime, there is little evidence to support the assertion. In a 12-year report on the subject released by the New York Civil Liberties Union in 2014, the policing tactic was found to be largely ineffective at reducing violent crime.

Nevertheless, network host Tucker Carlson rushed to defend the program on the August 28 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends. Carlson criticized the NYPD's move to issue a receipt after stops that did not result in arrest, claiming that it was “an attack on police practices that have worked”: