New York Daily News

March 3, 2015, 4:14M

  

 

NYPD issues new stop-and-frisk rules that ban stops based on race 

BY REUVEN BLAU, ROCCO PARASCANDOLA, THOMAS TRACY

    
MICHAEL SCHWARTZ/FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS  

New step-by-step instructions on the stop-and-frisk method have been released to all NYPD precincts.

 

Call it stop-and-frisk 101.

City cops were given new step-by-step instructions on how to conduct stop and frisks, as well as when it should be applied, the Daily News has learned.

The new guidelines, which were distributed citywide during a five-page Finest message released Monday, were sparked by federal Judge Shira Scheindlin’s August 2013 ruling that the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk tactics violated the rights of minorities.

The updated rules hammer home the point that cops can’t stop-and-frisk people for merely making “furtive movements,” such as reaching for their waistband or acting nervous, or for being in a high-crime area — reasons that were allowed in the past.

Cops are also barred from stopping people because of race or if a person “matches a generalized description of a crime suspect, such as an 18- to 25-year-old black male.”

Stop-and-frisks must be based on “more than a mere suspicion or a hunch,” the report notes.

Cops will also have to prove why they conducted the stop and “be able to articulate facts establishing a minimal level of objective justification for making the stop.”

How cops should conduct stop-and-frisks in the future were also outlined.

“A frisk is limited to a pat down of the outer clothing of the subject to determine if the suspect has a weapon,” the memo notes. “If during the course of the pat down, the officer feels an object that the officer reasonably suspects is a weapon, the officer may take whatever action is necessary to retrieve the object and protect himself or herself.”

The NYPD did not immediately return a call for comment.

Commanding officers of all NYPD precincts and transit districts have been ordered to read the new rules at 10 consecutive roll calls and then post the new rules in a conspicuous place, officials said.

ttracy@nydailynews.com