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Mayoral hopeful John Liu says he would push for elimination of NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy

The NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy emerged as an early flashpoint in the mayoral race as candidates discussed crime issues Monday night.

City Controller John Liu went out of his way to launch a broadside against the tactic, saying that he would push for its elimination, while two of his Democratic rivals criticized the policy but didn’t call for it to be scrapped.

“Stop-and-frisk is a practice that I do believe has no place in a democratic society,” Liu said at a forum hosted by the Citizens Crime Commission.

“When you read about 700,000 people being stopped and frisked on the street, and almost all of whom have done absolutely nothing wrong, you don’t expect to read about that in New York City,” he said. “You expect to read about that in some, maybe, third-world country, or a country that’s ruled by dictatorship.”

His rivals offered more measured criticism of stop-and-frisk, which opponents point out is applied in disproportionate numbers in black and Latino neighborhoods.

“The most problematic part of the stop, question and frisk policy … and the level that it’s gotten to, which is simply too high, and being implemented the wrong way, is that it’s severed the police from the community that they are charged with serving,” said City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio blamed the city’s gang problem in part on teens who “don’t sense they have a real place in society.”

“And I daresay that when we overuse or misuse the stop-and-frisk technique, it can add to some of these dynamics as well,” he said.

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I came across this article and I found it to be interesting especially since we have discussed the stop and frisk policy in class so I decided to share this on the blog. 


ASL Reflection

On November 21, 2012, I performed my American Service Learning (ASL) at the Jewish food pantry named Kehilat Sephardim. I initially went earlier that week to volunteer there but was turned away because there were too many volunteers that day. I was surprised but happy that there were so many kind people who volunteered their time to help out in their community.

At the food pantry, I helped separate foods such as potatoes, carrots, and onions into bags. Then we handed out the bags to the people who came with a ticket. Along with foods like potatoes, carrots, and onions, we also gave potato chips, canned foods, lentils, and bananas. I also helped move the other foods from inside a shed outside to hand out to the people. It was a bit difficult since it was such a small space but it felt great to be able to be helping those in need. That day I did all my six hours at once and it was very cold and tiring working outside but knowing that I was helping others made it all worth it. It was the day before Thanksgiving so they were also handing out turkeys and it was a even greater experience knowing that we were supplying people with food and knowing that these families would have food for their families over Thanksgiving.

I met some other volunteers there that were older and weren’t volunteering there for school. One of the guys there was extremely nice and volunteered there almost regularly. I thought of what a great person he must be to dedicate so much of his time to helping there and not receiving any benefits in return. He was quite an inspiration and made me feel like I should spend more time helping out in the community.

Overall it was a really great experience and I would definitely want to volunteer at other places to help out others.

Ellis Island!

When I was younger I used to visit my relatives in New York every summer. My aunts and uncles would take us to many places like the Statute of Liberty or Times Square but Ellis Island was never one of the locations we visited. Now, I am finally able to say that I have visited Ellis Island. It was a very eye-opening experience for me. I have always learned about immigration and Ellis Island through textbooks but this time I was able to see everything in person and it had a much larger impact on me in person than it did when I read about it from a textbook.

The boat ride there was very exciting. I could feel the excitement building as we passed the Statue of Liberty and got closer and closer to Ellis Island. As I was on the boat I thought of how it was like for the immigrants who had to sail long distances to America. Some of them might even be turned away after the long trip if they were discovered to have illnesses. It’s sad to think that after such a difficult journey in which they spend fortunes on they can still be turned away and sent back home where they have sold everything. I also wondered how the immigrants would pass the time while on the boat without the devices that most of us have today such as cell phones, computers, televisions, etc. It made me realize how much our world has modernized. We have all this technology that we would seem lost without and we have huge luxurious ships for cruises unlike the ships back then that were probably crowded and unsanitary.

At the Ellis Island Museum, I found many interesting exhibits. One exhibit that I really liked was the Treasures From Home exhibit. It displayed many different ornaments, foreign devices, and clothing. Some of the items included teapots, linens, silk robes, bread baskets, silverware, and china. It was fascinating to look at because you can see the diversity of people that came to America from the items. There were people from China, Ukraine, Belgium, Ireland, Russia, Czechoslovakia, and many more. You can tell that the items were from different places based on the styles or patterns on the items such as the clothing, linens, and china.

In another exhibit I was able to take a test on a machine to see if I would have been accepted into America during that time. After taking the test I found out that I would not have been accepted into America because I am an unmarried woman and I was of Asian descent. In that same exhibit there was another machine in which we were given cases and we had to make decisions on those cases whether that immigrant should be allowed into America or not. After we made a decision, the machine would tell us the decision that the inspectors would have made on that same case. It was really interesting and it let you see how strict the inspectors were with letting people into America.

Afterwards I visited the Wall of Honor to look for my family’s surname. I was able to find my family’s surname on the Wall of Honor although I am not related to that person. Even though that person that I found with the same surname as me is not related to me I felt some kind of connection knowing that they came from the same country that my parents came from. I felt more sympathetic towards immigrants that had to go through this process because I would have been scared and I would not have wanted to go through the strict process of immigration.

Overall, going to Ellis Island was a great experience and I’m glad that I given the opportunity to go with my class and see it in person. It was definitely better to learn about Ellis Island in person than from a textbook.