New York City is no longer a murder capital of the United States. Yes, stop-and-frisk laws have been controversial since their implementation in the early 2000s. However, this is a post-9/11 world. Violent crimes, including murders, are down in NYC. The number of stop-and-frisk incidents is down in 2013, according to the New York Civil Liberties Union. An overwhelming number (90 percent) of stop-and-frisk incidents happen to black and Latino people as opposed to just 10 percent for whites. Is this racial profiling? Probably. Is it working to stop violent crime? Also, probably. These types of laws are a two-edged sword--people already know about them, so if they've done nothing wrong they have nothing to worry about.
If you've ever witness a innocent proud Black man walking down a city street stopped by the police, pushed against a wall to be frisked, made to show identification, and explain where he's going might make you wonder if it's worth tearing down a man's dignity in front of his son just because the police has the power to do so. I've seen black men in their 40's being harassed by white cops half their age disrespectfully. It's not right.
Stop-and-frisk laws are not working. It is enraging whole communities who see it as a way of unfairly targeting them. The lower crime right in New York City is more of a result of gentrification that has slowly happened over the last few decades. Stop-and-frisk laws should be scrapped altogether.