March 9, 2012

Free Happy Meal with 3rd Stop and Frisk



A spoof website promised a free happy meal to people who are "stop and frisked" by the NYPD. Jerry Goralnick and Divad Durant created the site. Terry Malloy, the author of the "Three Strikes, You're In!" press release, told Business Insider that the parody initiative was launched to draw attention to the Stop-and-Frisk program and the innocent people that it targets. According to him, the parody turns the Stop-and-Frisk program "into a game with a delightful prize." The parody website mimics the banner from the official NYPD website and even includes the little NYC.gov logo in the upper left hand corner of its web browser tab.

The NYPD conducted 684,330 stops in 2011, the highest number on record since the City Council started collecting stop-and-frisk data in 2002. Twelve percent of the stops resulted in an arrest of summons. The NYPD conducted 684,330 stops in 2011, the highest number on record since the City Council started collecting stop-and-frisk data in 2002. Twelve percent of the stops resulted in an arrest of summons, and one in every 666 stops resulted in an arrest for possession of a firearm. As with previous years, 87 percent of those stopped were black or Latino.

"You gotta ask — well, how many of these stop-and-frisks are based on description of a suspect?" asked Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, at a press conference in front of City Hall on Tuesday. "Very few of them are based on description of a suspect." According to the police department's own report analyzing the reasons for its stops in the fourth quarter of 2011, only 16.5 percent of individuals stopped were stopped because the individual fit "a relevant description."

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