Empty Your Pockets…and Your Pride?

NYC’s controversial stop and frisk policies: friend or foe? OMA hosts a provocative conversation on whether they’re making the city safer or targeting communities.

You have the right to remain silent, but we wouldn’t recommend that you do on October 11, as the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Urban Male Initiative host Stop + Frisk: Racial Profiling or Deterrent to Crime?, a provocative discussion about the controversial stop and frisk policies from 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room on the NYC Campus.

During the first six months of 2012, New Yorkers were stopped by the police 337,434 times; 298,919 were totally innocent (89 percent); 179,449 were black (53 percent); 107,812 were Latino (32 percent); and 31,891 were white (9 percent). According to New York City’s mayor, police commissioner, select public policy analysts, and some leaders in Black and Latino communities, stop and frisk practices make communities safer and lower the crime rate. But are the police stops discriminatory, and are they at the expense of constitutional rights? Do the benefits outweigh the taxpayer cost of these arrests? Whether you agree, disagree, or are somewhere in the middle, join OMA in what will prove to be an exciting discussion.

Panelists include:

Christina Chuliver, former Assistant District Attorney and Pace Professor of Criminal Justice and Security
Sara LaPlante, Data and Policy Analyst Coordinator: New York Civil Liberties Union
Randolph McLaughlin, Pace Law School Professor
Eric Adams, New York State Senator

The event will be moderated by Pace Communications Studies Professor Satish Kolluri.

For more information contact Denise Belén Santiago at dsantiago@pace.edu or (212) 346-1546.